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Veteran shares Pearl Harbor story


GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Saturday, we observe Pearl Harbor Day on the 72nd anniversary of the attack.

U.S. Navy veteran Firman Balza was 17 when he arrived at Pearl Harbor.

But the horror is still crystal clear in his mind.

The life-long Green Bay resident has traveled to schools in northeast Wisconsin over the last 10 years, sharing his story and advice with thousands of students.

"Using your own mind to do your own thoughts, don't let somebody fill you up with trading your liberty for security," he says.

Friday, Green Bay Major Jim Schmitt presented Balza with a proclamation, honoring him as a hero.

Saturday, Wisconsin will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

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