Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary
Hawaii (AP) -- Seventy-five years ago a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Today, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the Pearl Harbor anniversary - as friends.
The mayor of Nagaoka, Japan, will lay flowers at the main memorial event and join a smaller ceremony a day later co-organized by Japan and the U.S. for the first time.
President Barack Obama in Washington issued a statement Wednesday on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama join Americans in "remembering those who gave their lives" on Dec. 7, 1941.
More than 2,300 service people died that day.
Obama said "we can never repay the profound debt of gratitude we owe to those who served on our behalf."
Thousands, including servicemen and women and members of the public, are expected to attend a ceremony at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday to mark the anniversary.
The president said he will visit the U SS Arizona Memorial later this month with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
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