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Every Friday evening I get a good reminder of December 7th when we take our son to West Virginia University for a Toddler Skills class. Across the street from the building the class is givin in is Olgalby Hall, and right smack in the center of the terrace is the mast of the USS West Virginia which was sunk at Pearl Harbor.
After the sinking, The USS West Virginia was refloated and brought back into service --- when she was decommisioned, they took the mast off and built a plaza around it. The ships bell is rung every Dec 7th one time for each sailor that lost their life on that fateful day.
There has been a flap going back a few years in Morgantown because the WWII vets were upset because the univerity was allowing memorial services of students who died to be held at the mast and allowing the bell to be rung in the students "honor/memory" --- the vets complained that this was disrespectful to those who lost their lives on the USS West Virginia --- I have never seen anything in the paper as to how this was resolved.

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