One night a year, a beacon atop Mount Diablo is lit at sunset and shines all night in memory of Pearl Harbor Day.
Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor plan to meet Wednesday afternoon on top of Mount Diablo to remember what happened on Dec. 7 in
1941 and to light the beacon on the summit.
Since 1964, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, whose numbers dwindle every year, has lit the summit beacon, known as the "Eye of Diablo."
According to Ron Brown, executive director of the nonprofit Save Mount Diablo, which co-sponsors the annual event, said the beacon was originally built in 1928 to encourage commercial aviation by aiding night flights.
It was turned off in 1941 after the attacks, but, according to the nonprofit, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz -- who was the commander in chief of
Pacific forces during the attack. One hundred people are expected to attend the 47th annual ceremony, which begins at 3:45 p.m. with a program that includes retellings of the actual experiences of survivors in attendance, Brown said.
"Frequently we see many families with small children, the parents wanting their children to be able to hear the stories of the veterans and
what they went through at Pearl Harbor," he said.
The beacon-lighting ceremony is one of several events taking place today around the Bay Area to commemorate the sacrifice of American soldiers.