PHOTOS: Today is the 72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941

Ceremonies were held on Oahu on Saturday, near Honolulu, marked with a moment of silence and the return of 50 veterans.

The USS Arizona

The USS Arizona

Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor from Japanese forces, the event that thrust the United States from isolation to the frontlines of the Second World War and the moment that – according to many – was the turning point of that nearly six-year series of global conflicts and battles.

Hawaii held a ceremony on Saturday on Oahu, where the attack happened not far from Honolulu, and 2,500 came to pay their respects, starting with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. local time.

About 50 of the crowed were veterans of the attack. The ceremony will turn into a parade through Waikiki later on Saturday.

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Below are several photos of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, which are available courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and the United States public domain:

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Photos of the Attack from Japanese planes, air force:

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor