WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Kamerun LaBrier helped lead the 71st Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu on Friday.
LaBrier, 16, is a corporal in the White Plains Young Marines, a nonprofit youth education and service program that promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle for boys and girls age 8 through the completion of high school by teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline. The Young Marines have more than 300 units with 10,000 youths in 46 states and several other countries.
The White Plains High School junior joined 68 other Young Marines from across the country carry the banners of the 12 capital ships that were attacked 71 years ago. Thursday, they performed a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to honor those interred there.
“Many Young Marines met survivors of that historic event of 71 years ago,” said Michael Kessler, national executive director of the Young Marines. “Those veterans are, in every sense of the words, living history, and each has a story to tell. It is an honor to attend an event that commemorates a significant turning point in our nation’s history.”