COLORADO SPRINGS - Students at Lewis Palmer Middle School got the chance to hear from a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor on Thursday.
Jim Downing was serving as Gunner's Mate 1st Class and Postmaster on the USS West Virginia when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Downing says it's important to remember the events of Pearl Harbor to ensure the countries safety in the future.
"I feel the lesson from Pearl Harbor is just that... We need to keep America Strong. So that's my message from Pearl Harbor so that it never happens again," said Downing.
Downing added that it's important for him to talk to kids about the events of Pearl Harbor because he feels the message will be more impactful coming from him rather than reading it in a history book.
Downing will be heading to Pearl Harbor this weekend for various events in honor of the 75th anniversary of the attacks.