Remember Pearl Harbor 75 Years

December 07, 2016 0 Comments

Cover Photo and quote from USAA

“Don’t forget Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
So many people have forgotten all the people
that were in this place.
”
— STERLING CALE, SGT. MAJOR U.S. ARMY AND PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, an assault that left 2,403 Americans dead and propelled the country into World War II.

It was a sunny Sunday morning when the attack began at around 7:55 a.m. By the time the attacks on Pearl Harbor and other military bases were over, 21 ships were sunk or damaged and more than 300 aircraft were damaged or destroyed.

The USS Arizona Memorial and USS Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec. 5, 2016. HUGH GENTRY / Reuters

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously declared Dec. 7 "a date which will live in infamy" in an address to the nation the following day, during which he asked Congress for a declaration of war.

Around 4,000 people are expected to attend the commemoration ceremony at Pearl Harbor, NBC affiliate KHNL in Honolulu reported.

At Wednesday's ceremony, a moment of silence will be held to mark the time that Japanese planes hit their first target in the harbor. Ceremonies will be held at Kilo Pier and at Hickam Air Force Base to commemorate the attack on Hickam Field.

Related: Oldest Known Pearl Harbor Survivor, 104, Returns to Honor the Fallen

The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey will render pass-in-review honors to the USS Arizona, and a missing man flyover will be conducted above Pearl Harbor during the ceremony, the Navy said. The attack killed 2,335 service members and 68 civilians.

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These are the stories of the survivors who defended our freedom and those who are dedicated to honoring them.

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