UP: To the people who will take a few moments today to remember this is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, nearly crippled the U.S. Pacific fleet and left 2,402 killed and 1,247 wounded. Today fewer and fewer survivors of that fateful day are around to help us remember it, so we need to make sure on our own this day is never forgotten.
UP: To the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for its Fall Community Action Grants program. This past week, through its Our Community's Foundation, a total of $200,913 was awarded to organizations within the foundation's 11-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants and Jackson counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.
UP: To members of the Warren High School bass chorus for performing the national anthem this past Wednesday in Cleveland before the Cleveland Cavaliers-Denver Nuggets NBA game at Quicken Loans Arena. The 22-member, all-male a cappella chorus has performed the national anthem at many athletic events in the area, but Wednesday was the first professional game for the group. Congratulations to the students.
UP: To all of the area communities and schools helping to bring about the feel of Christmas with their holiday lighting ceremonies. The beautiful lights and decorations give the evenings a Yuletide feel and make evening drives a feast for the eyes.
UP: To the Carry On Campaign's stop in Parkersburg on Thursday at the Children's Home Society of West Virginia at the Easton Center at 1717 St. Marys Ave. The Carry On Campaign began in October 2010 and supports children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect by providing them with essential personal items upon their transition to the foster care system. The campaign seeks donations of gently used luggage and other sundry items such toothpaste, toothbrushes, stuffed animals, coloring books, journals, as well as non-perishable snacks. People can make donations at the Children's Home Society of West Virginia at the Easton Center at 1717 St. Marys Ave., or by calling 866-CALL-MWV.