Seventy-two years ago on the morning of December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the American Naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Intending to prevent the United States from increasing their influence in the Pacific, the Japanese struck with 353 fighters, bombers and torpedo planes. The loss of American equipment and lives was devastating.
The attack on Pearl Harbor sent shock waves through America. With the death toll reaching 2,403 and many more wounded, President Franklin D. Roosevelt expressed the country’s collective feeling of outrage when he proclaimed it to be, “a date which will live in infamy”. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and so marked the entry of the U.S. into World War II.
The attack on Pearl Harbor is quickly receding into history, but it’s importance in the history of America will never fade. With only a handful of Pearl Harbor veterans still with us today, it is up to future generations to keep the story of their courage and sacrifice alive. Today, let’s pause and remember that tragic morning and honor those who fought and defended our American values and freedoms in the years that followed.
JM Cremps recommends the book, Pearl Harbor Attack, by Edwin P. Hoyt, as a great way to teach your kids about the impact the Pearl Harbor attack had on America and how it changed us as a nation forever. And as always, we thank and honor all our veterans who have bravely, and selflessly, served our country. Our hats go off to you….