Freedom Bell Ringing 2016
2016 December 16 FTR - Photo by Jamm Aquino
When a young boy came to pose for a photo with World War II veteran Ray Chavez, 104, he put his hand on Chavez's, and it made for a quite poignant moment. Each year, less and less World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors make it to the December 7 ceremonies and commemoration, and this photo represents how important it is for the younger generations to acknowledge how important not just our Veterans are, but our elders in general. We can never forget that we are where we are in the present because someone in the generations before us worked and fought hard to get us here. For FTR picture of the year.
2016 December 10 CTY - HSA photo by Jamm Aquino.
World War II veteran Ray Chavez shakes hands with a young admirer as he poses for photos during a Freedom Bell ringing ceremony commemorating the 52 submarines lost during World War II on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the USS Bowfin memorial in Pearl Harbor. Ray Chavez, the oldest living World War II veteran at age 104, and Adm. Joe Vasey, a 99-year-old Hawaii resident, will ring "America's Freedom Bell" at the USS Bowfin. The ceremony marks the final event for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The bell, which is displayed in various cities, was cast in bronze with steel from the Twin Towers. From Hawaii, it will head to Holiday Bowl in California and then to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. where Chavez is expected to ring it again. Over 2.5 million Americans have rang America’s Freedom Bell.