In remembrance of those who fought and lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941, students and faculty from Dorie Miller Elementary School in San Antonio hosted their annual Pearl Harbor and Dorie Miller Remembrance Program.

In attendance were members of the community, including veterans, Rotarians and Sailors assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Antonio.

“The program was absolutely amazing,” said Stephanie Jones, an education systems analyst with the school. “The American Heroes Club did an outstanding job during their presentations and the students demonstrated their respect throughout the program.

“It was awesome to have Sailors visit the school, especially in uniform. It was very powerful,” said Jones, a Navy veteran.

Near the conclusion of the program, attendees witnessed a balloon release to honor veterans, especially the school’s namesake, Dorie Miller, who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

After the program, the Sailors visited with kindergarten and first grade students and read to them.

“It was a pleasure to represent the Navy during the program,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Angelica Brown, the community service coordinator assigned to NRD San Antonio. “I also think it’s important that the students be educated regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor and the importance of their namesake, Dorie Miller.”

NRD San Antonio’s area of responsibility includes more than 34 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Central and South Texas territory.

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