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The sinking of the USS Arizona means a great deal to Arizonans, especially to those of us who had the honor of serving at Pearl Harbor. There are many memorials on base commemorating the Japanese attack but none so moving as the USS Arizona Memorial, which was dedicated 20 years after the event.
One of the bells from the Pennsylvania-class battleship hangs at the University of Arizona in Tucson. On Sunday, a survivor from the attack was there to ring the bell in memory of those many men lost 74 years ago. Ruben Moreno, bandleader of the brilliant Mariachi Luz de Luna, played taps as 94-year-old Lauren Bruner honored his fallen shipmates.