American Legion, Seicheprey Post 2 held it annual Pearl Harbor Day to Honor Veterans of World War II on the 7th of December, 2016. Local news channel 8 and channel 30 were on hand with camera crews to film the ceremony and interview the World War II veterans present. The ceremony and interviews were shown on the local evening news cast. 26 World War II Veterans from the Post attended Pearl Harbor Day. Two of the last Mayor of Bristol attended.
The Ceremony began by the ringing on the USS KIDD Captain's Bell by a Survivor from the USS KIDD when the Jap plane crashed into the USS KIDD just before the battle on Iwo Jima. The former Mayor of Bristol did the POW/MIA Missing man table. Senator Henri Martin and State Rep. Betts were guest speakers. One of the founder's of the Military Traveling World War II Museum was on hand to receive a copy of the a book that contained new articles from Bristol Veterans who served in World War II by the City Historian. A few of the Veterans shared their War stories with those there. Senator Martin presented a State Citation to the Daughter of Edward Riccio, Jr. who was the last Pearl Harbor Survivor from Bristol. The Post Kitchen Crew ended the event with a meal.
This years Pearl Harbor Day was a sad one. Ed Riccio, the last Pearl Harbor Survivor from Bristol, Ct past away weeks before the ceremony.
Ring of the USS KIDD Captain's Bell
World War II Veterans
Ed Riccio's Citation
Bristol City Historian with founder of the Traveling Museum