STEVE JASIECKI/As the sun rose on Dec. 7, a shadow worked its way across the face of the sundial and at 9:55 a.m. the shadow was centered on the medallion that represents the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese.


LONGPORT – The sundial in Thomas B. Reed Memorial Park cast it’s shadow on the medallion that marks the time the battle of Pearl Harbor started 78 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

The sundial monument, located in the park at the foot of the Longport bridge, does not tell the hour of the day. Instead there are medallions strategically placed on the face of the dial that mark the time and date of significant U.S. military events in history.

Throughout the course of the year, the unique design of the sundial will cast a shadow upon the medallions that commemorate an important battle fought on that day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Two plaques at the base of the sundial list the date and time the battles took place.

The sundial honors the various branches of U.S. Armed Forces.

Dec. 7 marks the day Pearl Harbor was bombed and the United States got involved in World War II.

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