Pearl Harbor anniversary event to be held at the Athens Library

In 1941, the Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was the most sought after posting for sailors. The beaches were pristine, the view breathtaking, and the atmosphere remarkably peaceful. But all of that changed forever on Dec. 7. 

The surprise attack by the Japanese left behind a death toll of over 2,000 and launched the U.S. into the fray of World War II. The Spalding Memorial Library invites you to take a look back at that fateful day as the 75th anniversary approaches. Ret. Army Sgt. Maj. Daniel M. Polinski will be presenting “Pearl Harbor: 75 Years of Infamy,” on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. 

Polinski will guide guests through the events of the attack, as well as give them a look at the Pearl Harbor of today. Through storytelling and images, participants will get a new appreciation for the legacy of the event that transformed our nation’s sense of security. Polinski has made a study of the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as a pilgrimage to the monument that exists there today. 

Polinski is no stranger to sacrifice. His father served in World War II, and lost his leg during the Italian campaign. From a young age, Daniel knew what it meant to give your all in the service to your country. Daniel himself served two tours in Vietnam. He would later give wartime service during the Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom before his retirement. He is now an active Veteran who continues to advocate for the military and other servicemen.

The Spalding Memorial Library is honored to host Daniel Polinski for this commemorative event. The library is located at 724 South Main St. in Athens, Pa. For more details, call (570) 888-7117.

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