Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Today the nation remembers the events at Pearl Harbor that took place 69 years ago.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a devastating air raid against the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In less than two hours, the United States suffered more than 2,000 casualties. The events of that day launched the U.S.’s involvement into World War II.

Today, we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, a date which will live in infamy. We remember the sacrifice and the loss. We remember and honor those who served on that historic day, and we thank those who came to the nation’s defense following the attack. We also show gratitude toward those who continue to serve our nation, and those who have already given their lives for the cause of freedom.

As many are still in harm’s way, we owe them our support and appreciation.

If you're in the DC area, visit the U.S. Navy Memorial today. The Navy Memorial will honor the memory of the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor with a wreath-laying ceremony outside on the plaza. There will also be speakers and survivors of the attack on hand.

The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center.

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