Today marks the 71st anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack in Hawaii launched the United States into World War II, and is known as one of the greatest military surprises in warfare history. More than 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded, devastating the Pacific fleet.
The following day, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed Congress, speaking the now famous words, marking December 7th as “a day which will live in infamy.” The United States officially entered World War II, joining allies Britain and France in the fight against Germany and their ally Japan.
On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor and pay tribute to all those who lost their lives or were wounded during the deadly attack. It is a day of remembrance to honor our military, both past and present.