"December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy..."
And it has.
On this day 70 years ago, 2,403 American sailors and civilians were killed, and America was plunged into WWII, by the early morning Japanese sneak attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Japan's intent was to cripple America's naval power and ability to challenge Japanese expansion in the Pacific. Instead, Japan awakened a sleeping giant. The very next day, December 8, the US Congress declared war on Japan one hour after President Franklin Roosevelt gave his famous "Date of Infamy" speech to Congress and the nation. From that moment on, the American people mobilized their "righteous might" as never before and committed themselves to "absolute victory" over Japan. That victory was achieved on August 9, 1945, with the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. Six days later, on August 15, Japan officially surrendered to the United States and the War in the Pacific was over.
Let us remember Pearl Harbor. Let us remember and mourn the American lives that were taken by Japanese treachery that Sunday morning seven decades ago, and let us honor the fighting spirit that propelled our great nation to total victory over a relentless and savage foe. Remember Pearl Harbor. REMEMBER.