CLEVELAND (WJW) — The USS Cod Submarine Memorial marked the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday.

The ceremony took place at the North Coast Harbor dock on North Marginal Road in Cleveland.

Carol Gladys of Grafton, Ohio and Lois Heineken from Missouri had the special honor of casting the wreath into Lake Erie.

Gladys’ father Joy. W Beezley was stationed on the USS Arizona for six years but transferred to the USS Medusa shortly before the attack.

“He didn’t talk about Pearl Harbor, because he saw the Arizona blow, with all of his buddies that he knew for years,” Gladys said. 

Heineken’s father was also stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack.

“My dad was on the USS Tangier AV-8 at the time of the bombing,” Heineken said.

Both of their fathers survived the attack but more than 2,400 did not.

“Remembrance, thanking God that our dads survived and remembering the ones that didn’t,” Gladys said.

“I enjoy taking part in the ceremony, it means the world to me, and it is very emotional for me,” Heineken said. “I’m just glad I’m able to be involved this every year, somewhere in the world I manage to get to.”

At the end of the ceremony, the USS Cod fired a Master Salute to all branches of the US Armed Forces.

The USS Cod is a 312-foot WWII Navy fleet submarine that was built as part of America’s response to the Japanese attack on US naval and land forces in Oahu, including Pearl Harbor, on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941.

About 2,400 servicemen were killed in the bombing, which launched the U.S. into World War II.