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Coast To Coast

Thursday, December 14, 2006

forum crowd

More than 300 students, staff and community members attended OCC's Pearl Harbor commemoration last Thursday morning, Dec. 7.
George Key

George Key

The campus observance, sponsored by OCC's Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, ran from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Giles T. Brown Forum. The National Anthem was led by OCC history professor, Susan Smith.

Keynote speaker was George Key, great-great-grandson of Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The 82-year-old Key is a World War II and Korean War veteran. The title of his speech was "American Resilience and Resolve."
Lt. Col. Weniger

Lt. Col. Andrew Weniger

Key's great-great-grandfather wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the valiant defense of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor by American forces. The British attacked the fort on Sept. 13, 1814. The 35-year-old poet/lawyer wrote the poem which was to become America's National Anthem.

Key led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance in front of the American Flag in the center of the campus quad.

Denis Jana with flag

Denis Jana

Other speakers on the program included Orange Coast College president, Robert Dees, and Lt. Col Andrew Weniger (ret.), a World War II B-17 bomber pilot who was stationed at Hickam Field, adjacent to the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. The title of his speech was "Thoughts of a Pearl Harbor Survivor." A brief segment was screened from the legendary World War II documentary, "Victory at Sea."

OCC history instructor, Denis Jana, displayed a flag flown over the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.
group photo

From left to right, OCC President Robert Dees, Lt. Col. Andrew Weniger,
Dr. Paul Asim, George Key, Denis Jana, Susan Smith