Carl Vinson VA Medical Center honors veterans on Pearl Harbor Day

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “It was a beautiful day,” said Kendall Newman, who was in Hawaii when the Pearl Harbor attack happened. “The neighbor came over and said we were being attacked.”

December 7th, 1941 – America’s spacious skies filled with Japanese planes.

“But she didn’t know whether they were Germans or Japanese,” said Newman.

As a young girl, Kendall Newman couldn’t really take it all in.

“(We) looked up, saw the planes, went back to playing. I mean you know were 7 and a half,” said Newman.

But the country knew exactly what was going on.

“All gung go, lets go get ’em,” said veteran Charles Mason. “I mean in a big way.”

Mason is a veteran who was also young when the attack happened.

“Unless you see it you couldn’t imagine how much determination and everything,” said Mason “Like God was telling us what to do.”

That same patriotism was alive Wednesday at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.

“I wouldn’t take nothing for doing what I did or being where I was,” said Mason.

Each veteran received a broken duck pin for their service as a tribute to all veterans on Pearl Harbor Day.

“What else have you got to encourage these other people to come sit down and listen to these tales,” said Mason.

Tales like the one Newman tells of that day–which will live in infamy.

“It was a beautiful time and a sad time.”

Nearly 200 people from around the community were there, including representatives from both Georgia senators’ offices.