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Elizabeth Copp
Holding a World War II era photograph of herself, WWII veteran Elizabeth Copp, 96, of Falls Church, Va., who was a Sergeant in the Women's Army Corps during World War II watches as World War II aircraft fly over the World War II Memorial in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015, in honor of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day),. The Flyover above the National Mall features historically sequenced formations of more than 50 vintage World War II aircraft. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

20 veterans present wreaths at WWII memorial for Pearl Harbor remembrance

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors were scheduled to place wreaths at the Freedom Wall at the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday to commemorate the lives lost 77 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service are hosting the public remembrance event. The ceremony will feature 20 veterans as they honor the lives of the more than 400,000 Americans lost during WWII, including the 2,400 who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

One day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan after his famous remark that Dec. 7 would be "a date which will live in infamy."

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