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Remembering Pearl Harbor

U.S. Navy photograph of battleship Arizona sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7, 1941. National Archives photo.

U.S. Navy photograph of battleship Arizona sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7, 1941. National Archives photo.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack by the Japanese navy on Pearl Harbor. By the time the attack was over, four US battleships were sunk, four more were damaged, 188 aircraft were destroyed, 2402 US service members were killed, another 1282 were wounded, and America had entered World War Two.

A number of men from Lowell were stationed in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, including two who were killed early in the attack. Twenty-three year old Arthur Boyle, a private first class in the U.S. Army Air Force, was killed by a bomb blast at his Hickam Field air base. Navy Seaman Clifton Edmonds was killed by a bomb that struck his ship, the USS Curtiss.

A Lowell resident stationed at Pearl Harbor who survived the attack was Henri Champagne who had enlisted in the Navy in 1940 at age 19. A crew member of USS Phelps, Champagne also participated in the battles of Coral Sea and Midway. After the war, Mr. Champagne, who died in 2006, spent much of his life ensuring that his fellow citizens remember the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

But why should we remember Pearl Harbor? The heroic acts of those who were there that day are certainly worthy of remembrance, but more importantly, December 7 serves as a lesson, now reinforced by September 11, 2001, that we live in a dangerous world, something we can never afford to forget.

The onset of World War Two also brought a sense of togetherness and shared sacrifice to the United States. This national unity helped America prevail in the war and launched the greatest peacetime economic expansion in history.

Back on December 7, 2008, I was invited to speak at the Greater Lowell Veterans Council Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony (which will be held again today at 10 a.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium). In my remarks, I tried to contrast the shared sacrifice of Americans in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack with a very different response that followed the surprise attack on September 11, 2001. Rereading my 2008 speech now, I am more convinced than ever that had we, as a country, responded to 9/11 the way Americans reacted to December 7, 1941, our country in 2016 would be better off and less divided than it is today.

Here are my remarks from the December 7, 2008 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony in Lowell:

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.  Three weeks ago, my wife and I traveled to New York City to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  The highlight of the trip was seeing the show “South Pacific” which was terrific.  Another important event in our weekend was visiting Ground Zero, the site where the World Trade Center once stood.  Right now, there’s not much to see.  A big fence surrounds what otherwise looks like any other construction site.  But whatever its appearance, it’s important to physically go there both to remember what happened on September 11, 2001 and to honor those who died that day.

Now the reason I mention this is that I’ve always seen amazing parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.  In both cases foreigners attacked American targets on American soil; both were complete surprises that found us unaware and unprepared even though our intelligence services, in both cases, had uncovered information sufficient to have allowed us to prevent the attacks; and both cost thousands of Americans their lives.

But I submit to you that there was one enormous difference between December 7 and September 11 and that was how the American people acted in the days, months and years following the attacks.  After Pearl Harbor, every American, not just those in the military, played a direct role in the war effort.  There was rationing of tires, gasoline, sugar, coffee and countless other items.  Americans embraced recycling, salvaging rubber, tin and even kitchen fat, an important ingredient in explosives.  Every worker was urged to put 10% of every paycheck into War Bonds and most did.  Even here in Lowell, Massachusetts, thousands of miles from the nearest enemy aircraft, each night at dusk every homeowner and tenant pulled shut the blackout curtains lest they be chastised by the neighborhood air raid warden.  In short, there were countless reminders to everyone that there was a war on and there were dozens of ways that ordinary people became involved in the war effort.

Compare all of that to what happened after 9/11.  Certainly there were noble efforts by many of the people in this room to hold patriotic rallies, to send Care packages to our troops, and to advocate for better benefits and medical treatment for returning troops.  But what of the majority of the population?  We were told that the most important thing that ordinary Americans could do in response to the attacks was to go to the mall and shop.  To be fair, that’s not as crazy as it sounds.  Even back in 2001, consumer spending was critical to our economy and since our economy was the real target of the terrorists, urging folks to continue to buy things may have seemed like a reasonable response.

But I suggest it was exactly the wrong response.  What if eight years ago, instead of buying bigger SUVs, we rationed gasoline and ended our dependence on foreign oil.  What if eight years ago, instead of recklessly falling deeper in debt to buy bigger houses, cars and TVs, everyone put 10 percent of each paycheck into government bonds.  What if eight years ago, instead of forgetting the lessons of history, we remembered how America responded in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and used that as a model of how we responded to 9/11.

Americans should always come together on December 7 to remember the bravery and the sacrifices of those who were at Pearl Harbor on that day.  But we should also use it as an occasion to remember how the American people rose up and responded to a tremendous challenge.  If we keep that memory alive, then maybe future generations of America will better understand how to react to a similar crisis in their own time.

I want Trump to succeed, but…by Marjorie Arons-Barron

The entry below is being cross posted from Marjorie Arons-Barron’s own blog.

 

trump-video-october-7What does that mean?  I want Donald Trump to succeed for the good of the country.  I want the great national divisions to heal and intentional conflicts to abate. I want the economy to do well, and its benefits shared by all. I want to have hope in the future. But what will be the measures of his success? Fulfilling his promise to repeal Obamacare?  Building a wall on the border with Mexico?  Backing away from strategic alliances and trade pacts? Denying the validity of climate challenges? Filling the Supreme Court with Antonin Scalia wannabes – and worse – affecting us for generations?

Or will success be measured by the extent to which Trump himself, without apparent rhyme or reason, reverses or modifies the positions that helped make him President?  Relying on that solution is hardly reassuring.

How can we root for the success of a hateful man with jaw-dropping ignorance of the Constitution and contempt for facts? Who, as one writer put it, doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and has shown little interest in learning. Who won by fomenting hatred and is authoritarian in his tendencies.  Who violates all norms, from refusing to release his tax returns, upending delicate diplomacy by talking to the president of Taiwan and celebrating the brutality of Philippine president Duterte, to suggesting a newspaper editor go to jail for reporting facts. Whose thin skin has him tweeting in the wee hours of the morning to lash out at anyone who criticizes him?

In previous elections where the outcome has not been the most desired one, at least we had faith that the system would right the ship of state, that checks and balances would make the center hold, to one degree or another. Now we have a President-elect who is unbalanced with checks yet to be tested. Trump may be a minority President, but for now the tail will wag the dog.

We have to lean on leaders of both parties in Congress to do what’s necessary to rein in Trump’s arbitrary and capricious tendencies. We have to talk with, listen to and try to persuade those with whom we disagree. We have to encourage actions by friends, colleagues, children and grandchildren to organize responsibly and keep the pressure on to preserve Constitutional safeguards and pursue the moral high ground. We can disagree on policy, but there is a legal and Constitutional framework for negotiating those differences, made more difficult by one-party control of the executive branch, Congress, Supreme Court, state capitols and legislatures.  Tempting as it may be, this is no time to pull up the blankets and assume the fetal position. There’s much work to be done.

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Lowell City Council Meeting: December 6, 2016

Resolution: City of Lowell supports the National Park Service. Passes unanimously.

City Auditor: Report on FY17 budget, year-to-date. Several questions about workers comp payments which are significantly reduced. Councilors congratulate Law Department for progress in this area.

LTC Presentation: By Wendy Blom, Executive Director of Lowell Telecommunications. Says the council should be proud of the local cable organization which is one of the most-used in the state. She says technology is very important, and the entire LTC studio has hi-definition cameras (however, Comcast won’t carry hi-def on its cable). She says a big challenge is the trend away from traditional TV and towards “cable cutting.” Councilors ask questions about viewership (Comcast doesn’t share ratings) and the whereabouts of the government channel (99, not a lower number).

Opioid Epidemic response presentation: City recently received $1mil+ in federal grants. Much of the money will be used for a “co-op program” which consists of a three person team (fire fighter, police officer, and public health worker) who seek out the addicted and the homeless. This team is already in place but this money will be able to expand it. Jeanine Durkin from school department gives and update on school curriculum and other programs on opioid awareness. Under questioning by councilors on enforcement, Supt Taylor said at a recent DEA seminar he attended, he viewed a map supplied by the Mexican police that showed major heroin routes out of Mexico leading directly to Massachusetts. He called our situation a “public health and public safety crisis” and that we are “ground zero” of this.

Motion: Councilor Elliott: Request city manager meet with Roberto Clemente Little League regarding use of fields. Says the league doesn’t have its own field but has to move around from place to place. People from the league are trying to get a baseball field of their own, and then bring the Roberto Clemente name to that park. Keith Rudy from the Acre Youth Organization says he believes they have a field for them to play on and can also help them with equipment and other things. Councilor Mercier asks that this be referred to the parks subcommittee. She says the Cambodian people want Clemente Field to be renamed Pailin Park, so they might be able to negotiate a compromise that satisfies everyone.

Councilor Rourke: Request city manager have proper department install new lights at South Common. Councilor Rourke says that whole neighborhood will be transformed over the next few years, so now is the time to start working on the South Common. Five people are registered to speak. John McDonough asks councilors to drive by at night and see how dark it is at night. During the day, it becomes a “melting pot of Lowell.” After dark, “it’s a scary place.” Paul Marion says he walks his dog on the common every day; is pleased with this motion. He’s been involved in a community effort to get the South Common back to a first-class status. Thanks city and state leadership for some of the upgrades that are already in the pipeline. Says adding lights will make it more usable which is a good thing. It has great history and has even greater potential. This is the right time to bring South Common back as one of the premier parks in the city. Ted Rurak says this will be a prudent investment that will benefit the children of Lowell. Says arts and athletics are two important components to the education of young people and this will help with that. Keith Rudy says this is a good idea; we should also remove the people who sleep overnight in the park and return it to the children and the neighbors. Says lacrosse and soccer are anxious to have playing fields as are baseball and football teams. Marty Tighe is involved in Lowell Junior Football and thinks this would be a great opportunity for young people interested in sports. Councilor Belanger asks to amend the motion to send it to Parks Subcommittee to perhaps find funding for artificial turf for the field in addition to the lights.

Unfinished business: Amend zoning, north side of Industrial Ave (River Meadow Brook Trail/Gervais Auto Group issue). Manager Murphy says owners of Cross Point wants to extend the bike trail from the Freeman Trail to Industrial Ave. He says that AVCarb is now speaking with its board of directors about them granting an easement. He says there are some other possibilities, too. He says he’s “hopeful and confident” that city will be able to make the trail a reality. Zoning change passes unanimously.

Victor Cote dedication – will be done in the spring.

Diversity Council – Councilor Samaras moves that the council create a Diversity Subcommittee. Passes unanimously.

4-way stop at Oak and Fort Hill Ave – does not meet criteria for 4-way stop.

Blocking Intersections – increased enforcement at Wood and Middlesex and a couple of other intersections near river bridges where this occurs most often.

Senior Center Crosswalk – new lights have been installed

No comments on Moody Street Fence, Yard Waste Extension, Collegiate Charter, and Perry St Parking.

Minimum Residential Factor – Public hearing on December 13, 2016.

Reappoint Paul Francoeur to Cemetery Commission. Appoint Killian Minch to Sustainability Council.

Appoint James J. Gaffney III to Veterans Commission. Appoint Beth Brassel and Sheila Hegarty to Disability Commission. All approved.

Votes from City Manager – Accept gift of $7500 from Digital Federal Credit Union for Pollard Memorial Library; Transfer $48,800 for repair and maintenance of jail areas in police station. Both approved.

Motions

Councilor Leary: Request city manager discuss parking challenges with UMass Lowell regarding student parking on Livingston Ave and neighboring streets. Councilor Mercier says this is like the Perry St issue she raised a few weeks ago where a development made some assurances in order to get their projects approved, but once it’s approved and built they forget about these commitments and the neighborhood pays the price. She doesn’t think it’s fair to burden the neighbors further by requiring them to get resident parking permits. Manager Murphy suggests that the city might make Livingston St No Parking during the day and then give out tickets. He feels the students who are parking there will soon get the message.

Councilors Leary and Samaras: Request city manager review 2008 Master Plan to ascertain if portions of the plan should be brought back to the community for possible changes. Councilor Samaras says this mostly refers to the 2008 Hamilton Canal plan, so he would like it to be reviewed and updated to account for changed circumstances.

(following motions passed without discussion unless otherwise indicated) Councilor Samaras: Request city manager have proper department create a process for downtown residents to have access to parking during city festivals.

Councilor Samaras: Request city manager have proper department improve lighting at rear entrances of Leo Roy (Market St) Parking Garage and to ensure that gates on the rear walkway are closed at night. Explains this (and the next motion) were concerns expressed at the Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting).

Councilor Samaras: Request city manager update council on land swap with National Park related to Hamilton Canal District parking garage

Councilor Elliott: Request city manager provide report on results of testing of water pipes in Lowell Public Schools.

Councilor Rourke: Request city manager inform council of Lowell’s Active Shooter Response protocol including role of School, Police, Fire Departments, and EMS, Ambulance, and Lowell General Hospital.

Councilor Belanger: Request city manager have traffic engineer establish 15 minute parking at corner of Branch and Queen Streets. Explains that this is the site of the deadly Branch Street fire. It has been reconstructed without any residential units. Owner of the business is now asking for 15 minute parking.

Mayor Kennedy: Request city manager and DPD plan a special event in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office and City Council to showcase the Hamilton Canal Innovation District. Invitees should include representatives of Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, regional CEOs, trade agency CEOs, health care, life science, and higher education executives, and other appropriate life science trade groups. Mayor Kennedy says intent of this motion is to bring more attention to HCD. Says people in Lowell are aware of it but doesn’t believe people outside of Lowell are aware of it. Says we have one shot to do this, so it should be thoughtful and done right. Motion passes.

Under suspension of rules, Motion by Councilor Leahy to organize a walk-through of city schools for city councilors. Motion passes.

Meeting adjourns at 9 p.m.

Lowell Week in Review: December 4, 2016

City Council News

There was no council meeting last week. It was cancelled because the preceding Friday, the day the meeting agenda is finalized and shared, was the day following Thanksgiving, and between the holiday and related early closures of city hall, it was unlikely that a productive meeting agenda could be formulated. I believe that the council has also cancelled its meetings for December 27, 2016 and January 3, 2017, which are the Tuesdays following Christmas and New Years. (Both of those holidays fall on Sundays this year, so the official holiday is on Monday, so government offices will be closed on Monday, December 26, and on Monday, January 2).

Abandon rail line that forms future River Meadow Brook Trail

River Meadow Brook Trail

This coming Tuesday’s council meeting agenda has a couple of important/interesting items. Under “unfinished business,” the council will revisit the petition of Gervais Auto Group to rezone a portion of the adjacent railroad track which it intends to purchase from Pan Am Railways in order to expand its car dealership. Because that stretch of track had long been considered a key portion of the envisioned River Meadow Brook Trail which would connect the Bruce Freeman Trail with the Concord River Greenway, trail advocates hoped that the future use of the parcel by Gervais might include an easement for the trail, something Gervais said was not feasible.

At its November 15, 2016 meeting, the majority of a divided council voted to delay action on the rezoning request to the December 6, 2016 meeting to give City Manager Kevin Murphy an opportunity to ask the adjoining property owner if it was inclined to grant a similar easement that would extend the trail. Although Manager Murphy days later reported that the neighboring owner was not amenable to granting such an easement, the Lowell Sun’s Chris Scott, in a November 29, 2016 blog post reported that the neighboring property owner, AVCarb (formerly Avco), now seems more open to such an arrangement after meeting at the site with Jane Calvin of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust and Eric Slagle of the city.

Hopefully this by-pass agreement can be consummated because a functioning River Meadow Brook Trail is an important part of the city’s future, not just as a recreational amenity, but as an alternate transportation link connecting Cross Point and everything around it, that portion of the upper Highlands, and our western suburbs of Chelmsford and Westford, to a protected-from-cars walking and biking route to the Gallagher Terminal and the Hamilton Canal District.

This episode also provides a lesson to those of us who believe trails like this are critical to the future of Lowell. Thanks mostly to the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, the plans for these and other trails exist, but awareness of the potential of such trails among the broader public—and the city’s elected officials—is lacking. Without stronger public buy-in of such plans, even those years away from becoming reality, the ultimate creation of these future trails will always be jeopardized any time a property owner wants to do something adverse to the future of the trail. Witness the comments made by some councilors back at the November 15 council meeting that clearly demonstrated that in a conflict between the short-term benefit of an established business and the potential long-term benefit of the broader community, the business is likely to prevail.

Building strong current support for such plans, even if they are still years away from accomplishment, might level the playing field in future conflicts like this one.

South Common

Lighting the South Common

Speaking of playing fields, Councilor Dan Rourke has a motion on this Tuesday’s council agenda asking “the proper department install new lights at South Common Park.” The South Common is a valuable civic resource that is underutilized. One of the reasons that is so is that the playing field within the Common’s sloped bowl is in sad shape. True, the city spread grass seed on it last year, but not much of the new seed sprouted. Still, athletic teams have played on dirt field before and they will play on them again. But they can’t play in the dark so if the city is able to light up the field, it could become a hot spot for evening football and soccer games.

Not far back in our city’s history, athletic and civic events at the South Common routinely drew thousands of people to that public green space. With development of the Hamilton Canal District proceeding and with the rapid pace of construction at the Thorndike Exchange development across the street, the South Common has huge potential again. This year, let’s light up the South Common; then let’s start talking about a year-round turf field and related amenities.

Minimum Residential Factor

The council will address the following letter from the city manager on Tuesday night:

I am requesting that the City Council hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, for the purpose of voting on the Minimum Residential Factor that will allow the Board of Assessors, Chief Financial Officer, and City Auditor to submit the fiscal year 2017 tax rate to the Department of Revenue for approval.

Last year, the public hearing on the Minimum Residential Factor was held on December 15, 2015. Here’s what I wrote about it at the time:

Public hearing on establishment of the “minimum residential factor.” This is the percentage of the tax levy that is allocated to residential property. Manager Murphy begins by reviewing the financial accomplishments of this council. Foremost is its support of education; the city exceeds the amount required for “net school spending.” He also explains that by using greater than expected new growth, the city has been able to minimize the increase. He says the average home has increased in value by $12,000 which means the average tax bill for a single family home will increase by $119. Some tax increases will be higher; some will be lower, based on varying values. He points out that properties representing 25% of overall city real estate value do not pay any real estate taxes. He closes by saying that the Lowell increase is one of the lowest in the region. No member of the public speaks, either for or against. No debate from the council. Passes unanimously.

One thing that drew some comments last year was the “properties representing 25% of overall city real estate value do not pay any real estate taxes” line in the above report. This 25 percent would include property owned by the city and the state (which would include UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College) as well as non-profits that are exempt from paying real estate taxes such as Lowell General Hospital, CTI, various houses of worship, and others (some of which make “payments in lieu of taxes”).

So while the minimum residential factor will just be a formality this week, the public hearing on December 13, particularly the city manager’s presentation on the city’s finances, should be interesting.

UMass Lowell and Haverhill

The property-owning entity that doesn’t pay property taxes to Lowell that creates the most angst for some city councilors is UMass Lowell. Many times in the past I’ve made the case that such criticism of UMass Lowell is short-sighted because of all of the other economic benefits that accrue to the city because of the presence of UMass Lowell in Lowell.

A University press release issued this week tells us that our down-river neighbor of Haverhill will soon play host to an expanded UMass Lowell presence. Here’s the release:

UMass Lowell unveils plans for new Haverhill satellite campus

Business incubator, expanded academic programs to open this fall

LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell today announced detailed plans for the new location of its Haverhill satellite campus, including expanded academic programs and a new business incubator to serve the region.

UMass Lowell will open the permanent site for its Haverhill campus – 22,000 square feet over two floors of the newly constructed Harbor Place – for the fall 2017 semester. The multi-tenant building is located in the heart of the city’s downtown, offering ease of access to local businesses, highways and public transportation and the commuter rail.

UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and state Rep. Brian Dempsey of Haverhill made the announcement at an event at Harbor Place with Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini and representatives of the building’s development team, state and local government, the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the university.

“UMass Lowell’s satellite campus at Harbor Place will allow the university to deliver its high-quality programs in a location that is even more convenient for those who live and work in the Greater Haverhill area,” said Moloney. “This new location will also help the university expand on the partnerships we have built in this community and forge new relationships that will enable us to be even more responsive to the needs of local employers and entrepreneurs.”

“By locating its satellite campus at Harbor Place, UMass Lowell will play a crucial role in the transformation of downtown Haverhill and to the overall economic health of the region,” said Dempsey. “As a UMass Lowell graduate, I know the tremendous value that education brings to individuals and employers, as well as the strength of the university’s commitment to the community.”

UMass Lowell’s annual positive economic impact on the region is more than $921 million, according to research by the UMass Donahue Institute, up from $490 million in 2010. UMass Lowell is one of only 14 public institutions in the nation designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

While the downtown location has been under construction, UMass Lowell’s Haverhill satellite campus has been operating at Northern Essex Community College and offering undergraduate courses and degree programs in subjects including business, criminal justice and psychology.

With the move to Harbor Place, the university will continue to offer those programs with expanded options and academic services and will launch a new executive education program for mid-level and senior managers. All of the academic programs will be under the auspices of UMass Lowell’s award-winning Division of Online and Continuing Education.

UMass Lowell’s new business incubator will be based on the model of the successful Innovation Hub that it operates in downtown Lowell. It will provide technology startups with a range of services including co-working and private office space and a prototype makerspace for research and development of new products, as well as access to the expertise of UMass Lowell faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. The site will also make flexible meeting and conference space available to the community and businesses.

In conjunction with the incubator and its academic programs in Haverhill, the university will explore a special MBA option for Haverhill that would allow students to complete experiential education with Innovation Hub companies.

“The Innovation Hub at Harbor Place will foster innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development and job creation by linking the region’s technology startups and entrepreneurs to resources that facilitate the development, manufacturing and commercialization of their respective innovations,” said Moloney.

So congratulations to Haverhill for landing this new UMass Lowell business incubator and all the new businesses and jobs that will come with it. Selfishly, I’m sorry the expansion couldn’t have been in Lowell. We could always use new businesses and new jobs, but at lease there won’t be any complaints about lost property taxes. That “burden” will belong to Haverhill.

Lowell Justice Center

As the following photographs show, work on the Justice Center is progressing quickly. The green stockade fence that now encloses the job site makes it tough to see what is going on inside, but you can catch a glimpse from a few elevated vantage points in the vicinity.

Important Civic Meetings This Week

There are a couple of important civic meetings this week. Unfortunately, two of them fall on the same night:

Lord Overpass/Western Ave – Dianne Nichols Tradd, the Assistant City Manager/Director of DPD, along with city transportation planners, will make a presentation on the Lord Overpass and Western Ave at the A-Mill Loading Dock at Western Avenue Studios on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Everyone is invited.

Lowell High School – At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016, architects and consultants on the Lowell High School renovation/addition/replacement project will give a public presentation on their findings to date at the high school’s Irish Auditorium. Everyone is invited.

Election 2016 – A Community Conversation – Next Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Pollard Memorial Library will host a community conversation about the 2016 presidential election. Here’s what the library’s website says about the event:

As we move past one the most divisive presidential elections in modern US history, now is a good opportunity to reaffirm our commonalities as Americans and begin the work of bridging what divides us. It is in that spirit, especially as an institution dedicated to equal access to information and education, the Pollard Library is hosting a non-partisan, civil and constructive community conversation on the 2016 Election and its impact on America. We hope you’ll join local educators, community organizers, and fellow citizens on Saturday, December 10th at 9:30am. Everyone Welcome. Coffee and light refreshments served.

Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge carries East Merrimack Street over Concord River in front of Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Pearl Harbor Day

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the event which brought the United States into World War Two. This Wednesday, the Greater Lowell Veterans Council will hold its annual Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Hall of Flags. Everyone is invited.

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