On the morning of December 7th, 1941 the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was brutally attacked by the Empire of Japan. There were 21 ships from the U.S. Pacific Fleet that were damaged or destroyed, 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed and over 2400 brave men and women lost their lives that day. It was that surprise attack which prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and launch the U.S. into WWII. It was “a date which will live in infamy“.
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To this day, the memory of the Pearl Harbor attack lives on. In dedication and in honor of those who lost their lives, the USS Arizona Memorial was set up over the sunken remains of the battleship USS Arizona. The USS Arizona was not raised because it was considered beyond repair but also because it was the final resting place for around 1000 of the Arizona’s crew.
Many of the survivors from the USS Arizona requested that once they passed, they be entombed on the Arizona along with their brave shipmates who lost their lives there. Their requests have been granted.
Today we pay our respects to the brave men and women who fought so bravely at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.