Peru Rescue Station

unknown Navy photographer / U.S. Archives

The bombing of Pearl Harbor took place 74 years ago and thousands of miles away, but it’s the focus for one LaSalle County city this weekend. Peru holds its annual Pearl Harbor Day parade tomorrow.

It’s one of the shortest parades in Illinois, but one of the most powerful. This will be the 36th year veterans will gather at the Peru Rescue Station along the Illinois River, march several blocks to the South Shore Boat Club, and hold a ceremony honoring those who died at Pearl Harbor and those who survived.

Mike Moen

The LaSalle-Peru area is known for tourist attractions, namely Starved Rock State Park. It’s also home to a river rescue team that claims to be one of the oldest in the country. This volunteer group has served the community for more than 60 years.