Pearl Harbor Day

Lest we forget the brave soldiers, naval persons and airmen and all those who supported them from Rosie the Riviter to the great Women’s Airforce Service Pilots.

70 years ago today, the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The aerial attacks were carried out by 353 Japanese fighters, and killed 2,402 Americans. Described as “a day which will live in infamy” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 7 marked the entrance of the United States into World War II and one of the darkest days in American history.

In an official statement, President Barack Obama honored the memory of those who served on that day. “We salute the veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor who inspire us still,” he said. “Despite overwhelming odds, they fought back heroically, inspiring our nation and putting us on the path to victory.”

Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman led a united country to victory, not only over the Japanese, but also over Hitler’s Nazi regime. Today both the Japanese and the German people are better off, freer and more prosperous with admirably vigorous democratic governments.


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