The survivors are fewer, the memories more distant.
As America remembered those who lost their lives on the 70th anniversary Wednesday of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II, let's take a look back at how NBC News covered the 60th, 50th and 40th anniversaries.
On Dec. 7, 2001, six decades after the bombing, NBC's Tom Brokaw and George Lewis reflected on the generational bond of sacrifice between survivors of Pearl Harbor and those who lived through the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Ten years earlier, on the 50th anniversary in 1991, NBC's Tom Brokaw, Garrick Utley and John Cochran deliver touching moments, such as when President George H.W. Bush gets very emotional while delivering a speech. Bush enlisted as a young man immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Rewind to Dec. 7, 1981, 40 years after Pearl Harbor. NBC's John Chancellor and Jim Upshaw introduce an American Navy aviation mechanics mate 3rd class and a Japanese naval aviator who relive the memories.
More Pearl Harbor coverage:
- Survivors mark 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
- Last witnesses: Memories of Pearl Harbor
- A historical look back at the Day of Infamy
- Pearl Harbor veteran recalls bewilderment of attack
- After death, Pearl Harbor survivor returns to his ship
- Satellite views from today and 1941
- How Pearl Harbor Day is being commemorated
- Pearl Harbor memories live on in New Orleans exhibit
- Video: Survivors gather to recall Pearl Harbor attacks
- Search msnbc.com for articles about 'Pearl Harbor'
- Pearl Harbor pictures from the Naval History and Heritage Command