Today is known as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Luckily, the relationship between the U.S. and Japan, has been mended.
But today is a day of remembrance. Not only do we remember those we lost, but we remember the tragedy that solidified our [U.S.] place as a major world power.
“December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation with these words 75 years ago. These words marked the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, a World War 2 U.S. naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Just west of Honolulu.
7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time, the base was attacked by 353 Japanese aircrafts. All eight U.S. battleships that were stationed there, were destroyed, along with 188 U.S. aircrafts and 2403 U.S. lives. 1178 more Americans were injured.
This tragedy also marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. declaring war on Japan. A few days later, the U.S. declared war on Germany and became fully involved in WW2.
“The American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” President Roosevelt promised in is address and his confidence was felt around the world. The Allies were victorious!
Now, 75 years later, we continue to remember and honor those who fought for our freedom.
“Today we are the bearers of the torch of freedom these brave Americans passed on to us. In honor of their faithfulness, and for the sake of generations to come, we will never allow that flame to be extinguished,” President-elect Donald Trump said about those who died at Pearl Harbor.
So how are people remembering Pearl Harbor?
President Obama plans to visit the USS Arizona Memorial later this month. And so can you.
You can take tours around the base and the island or visit the museums. Or you can catch doumentaries on the history channel or Pearl Harbor on AMC. Or if you had a relative who served at Pearl Harbor or in WW2, share stories for personal remembrance.