Pearl Harbor Day 2013 … December 7th, 1941, a Date That Will forever Live in Infamy …
Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the day the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked the Empire of Japan and the United States would never be the same. It was innocence lost and Americans would strike back against their foreign aggressors. We remember those brave men and women that died that fateful day. However, that reprehensible, treacherous act unified a country and in fact awoke a sleeping giant that provided the resolve to win a war against the evil Axis.
God Bless the heroism of Our Greatest Generation!
Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – 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.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”
Pearl Harbor Day 2012 … A Date That Will forever Live in Infamy.
At 7:53 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941, the first assault wave of Japanese fighter planes attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, taking the Americans completely by surprise.
The first wave targeted airfields and battleships. The second wave targeted other ships and shipyard facilities. The air raid lasted until 9:45 a.m. Eight battleships were damaged, with five sunk. Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels were lost along with 188 aircraft. The Japanese lost 27 planes and five midget submarines which attempted to penetrate the inner harbor and launch torpedoes. [...]
Remember America, those who do not learn from the past are destined to repeat it. Let the memories of Pearl Harbor serve as a reminder to all Americans that there has always been evil in the world looking to harm America. This is not a new concept and can never be more clear than present day. For those that say we have the enemy on the run or that we are free from harm or terrorism, I would say that kind of mentality existed prior to December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001.
Let this day, December 7, 1941 also be a reminder for all to take the time, a moment of silence and say a prayer for all those lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. God bless those who gave their lives on that fateful day and the courage, heroism and determination of our “Great erst Generation” who fought back against evil and imperialism to make us safe and preserve our way of life.
DON’T EVER FORGET.
What is wrong with this picture? Barack Obama has played 90 rounds of golf; however, his visit Thursday to Pear Harbor was the first time since becoming Commander in Chief. December 7, 2011 marked the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the death of more than 2400 brave souls. However, President Obama was no where to be found. Yet, he manages to visit Peal Harbor for the first time in between rounds of golf and shaved ice with the family while on vacation in Hawaii. As fate would have it, there were reporters there, imagine that.
President Obama on Thursday evening made his first trip to Pearl Harbor since becoming commander in chief.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama visited the USS Arizona Memorial, where they observed a moment of silence in a room in which the names of crew members who died 70 years ago this month have been inscribed.
Obama, who visited the memorial before he was president in 2008, did not make any remarks at the memorial, according to a pool report. But he and the first lady dropped white and purple orchids into the sunken battleship.
What an example he has set as Commander in Chief. At some point this man will pay a political price for using the military as a political prop. Remember in November!
70 years ago today … It was the morning of December 7, 1941, like any other at Pearl Harbor on Hawaii , the Empire of Japan attacked the United States and the world would never be the same … it would truly be a date which would live in infamy. On this day and every day, remember the brave men and women who died that day. God bless all who died that day and the resolve of the brave men and women who would eventually be victorious.
The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. All but two of the eight were raised, repaired and returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship,[nb 2] and one minelayer. One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor was captured.
Attack at Dawn – Pearl Harbor
Check out the News Reel footage of what was seen following the treacherous attack of Pearl Harbor. This video is a must watch. See what Americans saw following the “date that will live in infamy”.
UPDATE I: Pearl Harbor survivors return on the 70th Anniversary of the date which will live in infamy.