Pearl Harbor remembrance events scheduled in Sacramento area. Here’s how to attend

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Veterans organizations in the Sacramento region this week will commemorate the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Japan’s surprise military strike on Dec. 7, 1941, launched U.S. entry into World War II. Then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7 “a date which will live in infamy.”

The attack left more than 2,300 service members dead.

Here are a couple of events scheduled in the capital region:

Sacramento wreath-laying ceremony

When: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7

Where: Discovery Park, Sacramento

The Gold Country Base of the United States Submarine Veterans will hold a memorial and wreath-laying ceremony Wednesday morning. Submarine veterans have participated in this event every National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day for decades.

The ceremony will take place — rain or shine — on the north side of the Jibboom Street Bridge near the parking lot at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers.

Auburn cemetery memorial

When: 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7

Where: New Auburn Cemetery, 1040 Collins Drive, Auburn

Auburn is hosting its second annual Pearl Harbor memorial event, particularly honoring two local veterans. One Grass Valley centenarian, Lou Conter, was aboard the USS Arizona when the battleship was bombed.

Gold Country Media reported that Auburn native Verne Knipp was killed on the USS Oklahoma. The event begins at 10:05 Pacific time to coincide with the time the attack began in Hawaii.