Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Each December 7th we remember the world changing event known as Pearl Harbor Day. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his December 8, 1941, speech declaring war on Japan, “a date which will live in infamy”. Today many will gather at Pearl Harbor National Memorial for the 81st Commemoration.
Early Morning Attack
Just before 8am on December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor, the U.S. naval base in Honolulu, was attacked by Japanese fighter planes. Although the relations between the U.S. and Japan had been escalating for years, the attack was a complete surprise. To see photos of these events, please go to Flickr page. To see videos of these events, please visit YouTube page.
Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world will come together today to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians, who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. There were also 1,178 people injured in those attacks. These attacks sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft. Mostly young Americans who died that day. Along with those who served in uniform during World War II or on the home front war effort are collectively known as The Greatest Generation.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Declaration the next morning to a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941:
“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Pivotal Point in History
Pearl Harbor is remembered because it was a pivotal moment in the modern history of America and the world. The way America responded to Pearl Harbor would determine the outcome of the Second World War. But more than that, it would determine the fate of a dream that freedom and liberty could endure in this world.
This year’s focus is of the importance of remembering Pearl Harbor and how the Greatest Generation saved us from tyranny and brought us peace through reconciliation.
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