President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”
On that fateful morning, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise military strike against the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the raid on Pearl Harbor, and we pause to remember the 2,402 Americans – both military and civilian – who died in the assault.
The attack, which profoundly shocked the American public, led directly to America entering World War II. On Dec. 8, the United States declared war on Japan and three days later entered into conflicts with Germany and Italy.
World War II waged on across the globe until Sept. 2, 1945, when Japan signed surrender documents. Historians estimate that the deadliest war in history claimed more than 50 million lives.
We take this moment to honor the memories of those lost at Pearl Harbor, and to salute the veterans and survivors whose sacrifices so many years ago have ensured our freedoms today.