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Governor Walker: Pearl Harbor reminds us freedom is not free


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker took a trip to King, Wisconsin for a memorial ceremony of the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the Wisconsin Veterans Home.

"Americans will never forget the bravery of the men and women defending our country at Pearl Harbor: The attack stands as a constant reminder that freedom is not free," the governor said. "It comes at a high price that the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces continue to bear."

Four Wisconsin natives who survived the attack participated in today's ceremony.  Governor Walker honored these men individually and all World War II veterans by proclaiming December 7, 2013 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Around 200 military personnel from Wisconsin were at Pearl Harbor during the time of the attack.  At least 56 of those died in the attack.

Commander Franklin Van Valkenburgh of the USS Arizona and Commander Cassin Young of the USS Vestal received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions.

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