Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This isn’t a holiday really, but a day for remembering and commemorating the Americans who died in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor was an important turning point in World War II; it marked the point at which the United States was compelled to enter the war. The attack on Pearl Harbor, which was an American naval base harbor in Hawaii, took place early on a Sunday morning, 72 years ago today. The attackers of Pearl Harbor were forces from Japan. The Japanese fighter planes flew over Hawaii and killed more than 2,400 Americans and wounded more than 1,100 others. They also sunk 4 battleships and damaged 4 others. In addition they damaged other ships and many aircrafts. It was a devastating attack for many reasons, it was also an unexpected attack, and one that left many Americans shocked and surprised.
The day after the attack on Perl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II. The President of the United States at that time, Franklin Roosevelt, referred to the bombing of Pearl Harbor as “a date which will live in infamy.*” Although December 7th is not a date that lives in infamy around the world, it is well known and remembered in America because of this attack.
Today at Pearl Harbor there will be commemoration ceremonies and remembrances at The USS**Arizona, which was a ship sunk during the bombing. The USS Arizona is now the centerpiece of a memorial to all those lost in Pearl Harbor during the attack. There will also be people remembering this day around the continental United States.
As there are less and less men and women who were in Hawaii the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed, who are still alive, it is important for young people to know about and remember this American tragedy. This is one reason this day of remembrance exists.
Here is a newspaper from the day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At this time the total number of dead was still unknown.
Here is one of the few pictures of the bombing.
This picture is of the memorial at Pearl Harbor. If you look in the water you can see the outline of the ship the USS Arizona, which was sunk in the attack. Above it is the memorial.
*infamy = well known
**USS = United States ship