CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — For many Americans, today’s date is one that will never be forgotten. Pearl Harbor was attacked 79-years-ago on this day.

A ceremony was held in Hawaii at the site of the attacks — but veterans across the nation also took part in their own way.

The Springfield Elks Lodge held a small, lakeside remembrance ceremony Monday morning.

However, several other veterans’ groups had to call off their events because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander Laurie Emmer says some events went virtual this year, but it’s not the same.

“I know that’s one of the things, that pre-COVID we would all get together, all these ceremonies and our meetings, our comradeship, was so important for us,” she says.

The VFW commander also says to veterans: keep looking forward.

She adds veterans will be together again once the pandemic is over.

Emmer also says we’ll keep those lost at Pearl Harbor, and their families, in our hearts, minds, and prayers.