Spokane remembrance of 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor scheduled for Tuesday

<p><p>The widow of a surviving Pearl Harbor veteran has vowed once again to commemorate the attack at a ceremony Tuesday morning in Riverfront Park.</p></p><p><p>“There’s just something in me that says I’ve got to do this as long as I can,” said Vina Mikkelsen, <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/dec/07/widow-of-pearl-harbor-survivor-continues-spokane-t” target=”_blank”>wife of the late Denis Mikkelsen</a>, late last month.</p></p><p><p>The commemoration will occur at the Pearl Harbor memorial at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena beginning at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Mikkelsen said. There will be short remarks and those who choose to may place leis of flowers on the memorial.</p></p><p><p>The region’s last known Pearl Harbor military survivor, Ray Garland of Post Falls, died in 2019. Denis Mikkelsen, a U.S. Navy radioman assigned to the USS West Virginia, died in 2013.</p></p><p><p>An estimated 2,403 Americans died during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, including 68 civilians. The United States declared war on Japan the next day.</p></p>