BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Dec. 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor triggered the United States' entry into WWII. Monday, a pair of veterans who were in Pearl Harbor that day shared their experience in Biloxi.
Frank Emond and William Braddock, Jr. are still telling the stories of what they saw at Pearl Harbor. They say those stories serve as a warning and lesson that can still be used today.
"You never know what's going to happen, and you need to be prepared," Emond said.
"Our country isn't always safe as some may think it is, so you have to be prepared at all times," said Braddock.
Emond and Braddock made the trip from Pensacola, FL to Biloxi for the Beau Rivage's Military Monday, and they were honored during the ALLUSA show.
"It's just a special recognition for those who have amazing stories and those who have given so much to us. It's our opportunity to give back to them," said Beau Rivage spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo Spain.
Emond was on the USS Pennsylvania and he saw the bombs dropping on Pearl Harbor. Now, at 99 years old, he makes regular stops at schools and speaks to other organizations. Emond believes he's doing his part to prevent history from repeating itself by continuing to share his memories to younger generations.
"What has happened to this nation in the past, and if we're not careful and we're just not smart enough, it might just happen in the future," Emond said.
Welcoming the veterans to the Beau Rivage was also part of MGM Resort International's new Military and Veterans Program offering discounts to veterans. You can find more information at www.mgmresorts.com/en/offers/military.html.
The ALLUSA shows continues on a regular schedule at the Beau Rivage through Aug. 6. Another military appreciation night will take place next Monday.