Briana Malaska

Muskingum University to host service for 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

by Briana Malaska on December 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm

NEW CONCORD, Ohio- Wednesday marks the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Muskingum University will commemorate this day with a special chapel service on Thursday titled ‘A Call to Service: A Remembrance.’ The service will highlight the pivotal day in the lives of not only the nation, but how it affected Muskingum University alumni, former U.S. Senator John Glenn and his wife Annie.

William Mullins, Muskingum University Chaplain, said that famous alum Annie Castor Glenn was presenting her senior organ recital that day in Brown Chapel when the news broke.

“That day was pivotal in his own life, he was coming to attend Annie’s organ recital and he hears on the radio a news bulletin that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. So he’s sitting in that pew with that knowledge, with that deep and kind of troubling realization that war has come to America,” said Mullins.

Glenn volunteered for flight training and then over the following 23 years went on to fly 149 combat missions in World War II and the Korean War as a Marine fighter pilot and later went on to be an astronaut.

“So there’s kind of 3 beautiful stories, John and Annie’s story, the Pearl Harbor remembrance and then a chance to remember and reflect on those who gave their lives in service in World War II, so those are the reason we’re having this service,” said Mullins.

The service will take place Thursday, December 8th at 11 a.m. in the Brown Chapel at Muskingum University.