December 7th Marks 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Bombing

Pearl Harbor memorial today.

Pearl Harbor memorial today.

Seventy-seven years ago, on December 7th, 1941, over 2,400 Americans were killed at Pearl Harbor. The day after the attack, former President Roosevelt made his famous “Infamy speech” where he addressed the nation concerning the Pearl Harbor attack. On December eigthAmerica declared war on the Empire of Japan, which is now known as World War II.

Thousands Died That Day

Over 2,400 Americans died at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Out of those that died, 1,177 were from the USS Arizona battleship. There was also over 1,100 wounded but survived the attack. [1]

PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 7, 2011)
Pearl Harbor survivor David Shoup stands to be recognized during the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

A Day Which Will Live in Infamy

Franklin D. Roosevelt, President at that time, gave a speech addressing the United States. This speech is now remembered as Roosevelt’s “Infamy Speech” as he began with the phrase:

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. [2]

And December 7th has lived in infamy. For the past seventy-seven years there has been a multitude of memorials and events that mark the attack. Today only five people remain alive from the sinking of the USS Arizona, and there are less than 500,000 veterans of World War II who are still alive. [3]

destroyer USS SHAW
The twisted remains of the destroyer USS SHAW burning in floating drydock at Pearl Harbor after the “sneak Japanese attack” on Dec. 7, 1941., 12/07/1941
Bombing at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Bombing at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Gone but not Forgotten

Pearl Harbor may be a thing of the past along with World War II, but we shouldn’t forget it. We should honor those who served and died in World War II. We should also take care not to let it happen again.

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