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EXCLUSIVE: President sought for 75th Pearl Harbor ceremonies

USS Arizona Memorial USS Arizona Memorial
Veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory Veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A campaign is underway to invite President Barack Obama to be the keynote speaker at the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

The National Park Service told Hawaii News Now that it's working with Hawaii's congressional delegation and a committee of local business leaders to formally invite the Hawaii-born commander-in-chief.

"Particularly for him being from Hawaii ... I think it's important, damn important. He's the number one guy and it's a big day," said 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory.

"It's the end of his term. One big hurray for the president."

George Szigeti, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, is a member of that 75th anniversary committee.

"I think it would be an honor for him to be here and speak on their behalf," he said.

Emory was at the USS Arizona Memorial in 1991  when the last president -- George Bush -- gave the keynote speech. It was for the 50th anniversary of the attack.

He said Bush's speech was an important milestone for the memorial and that appearance by Obama would provide a fitting bookend for his historic presidency.

"It's the last hurray. It is the last hurray," he said.

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