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Today Is The 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, American Legion Post 73 Commemorates

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

On Sounds Good with Tracy Ross, Constance Alexander and Mike Nutter, Commander of Legion Post 73, discuss the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor event happening today at the American Legion. They also share stories of what it was like to grow up after World War II.


The commemoration begins at 11:48 a.m., exactly 75 years from the time of attack on Pearl Harbor. Nutter says there are no veterans living in Calloway County who experienced Pearl Harbor but this is probably the last significant anniversary of the attack for which any World War II veterans will be alive.

The commemoration will begin with a short talk, a rifle volley, and the playing of Taps. Local WWII veterans will reflect on what it meant to them to live during that time. Constance Alexander will also read portions of her book, Kilroy Was Here, which tells the story of one Kentucky family living through WWII from the childrens’ perspective. Alexander wrote the book after conducting oral history interviews with people who grew up during the war.


American Legion Post 73 is located at 310 Bee Creek Drive in Murray. Doors open at 11:15 and the ceremony runs until 1:00 p.m.

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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