Pearl Harbor Memorial Event Inspired By Life Of Coats Veteran





A son whose father was a Pearl Harbor survivor is making sure the attack will not only live in infamy, but live in the minds of the many who are too young to remember World War II.

Brad Williams, whose father was born and raised in Coats, has organized the commemorative event "Pearl Harbor Attack - The Day Of Infamy Remembered" to be held Saturday at the state capitol building in Raleigh. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m.

Mr. Williams' mission is to keep what happened at Pearl Harbor in the public's hearts and to honor his father, Homer Williams. Homer Williams died in May 2000 at age 79.

"I'm a son trying to honor my dad and all the other World War II veterans. I don't want 9-11 to be forgotten, but if we forget Pearl Harbor, it could happen again," he said.

According to Mr. Williams, his father was a gunner's mate first class on the USS Maryland.



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