Pearl Harbor Veteran in His 90s Breaks Out in Song in Front of President Trump

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A Pearl Harbor veteran burst into song in front of President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday — the 76th anniversary of the historic attack.

Before the president signed a presidential proclamation recognizing December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, he said to the six veterans standing beside him, "Remember Pearl Harbor.' Have you heard that before a couple of times, 'Remember Pearl Harbor?'"

One of the men, Michael "Mickey" Ganitch, didn't miss a beat, bursting into a rendition of Sammy Kaye's "Remember Pearl Harbor," as Trump looked on and smiled.

"Let's remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe. Let's remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo," Ganitch sang. "We will always remember how they died for liberty. Let's remember Pearl Harbor, and go on to victory."

The room burst into applause as he concluded the song.

"He's a very shy person," Trump joked.

He then thanked the six veterans for their service.

"Today our entire nation pauses to remember Pearl Harbor and the brave warriors who on that day stood tall and fought for America," he said. 

Thursday marked 76 years since the Japanese surprise aerial attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii, which killed more than 2,300 servicemen. The following day, the U.S. and the U.K. declared war on Japan.

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