Yesterday we honored America’s greatest generation, the men and women who served during World War II. They struggled through such adversity that today’s society may never fully grasp how much they sacrificed. After the war it was these same people that built America’s foundation through sweat, tears and pride.
December 7, 1941 was like most days in Pearl Harbor. People were enjoying the sights of Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and military leaders were cognizant of a Japanese threat, but they felt that because of our isolationist attitude, and public reluctance to enter WWII, there was no imminent danger.
They were wrong. Pearl Harbor was hit by a surprise military strike by the Japanese Imperial Navy which caused catastrophic loss for Americans. Two hours after the initial attack, more than 2,400 American servicemen were dead, 1,200 were wounded and the majority of U.S. Navy ships and airplanes were destroyed and damaged.
The next day, President Roosevelt stood before Congress seeking a declaration of war on Japan. Roosevelt called Dec. 7 a “date that will live in infamy.” Congress did declare war on Japan, and then on Dec. 11, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy responded and declared war on the United States.
The rest, as they say, is a story for another time.
America’s men and women banded together, proving to the world that America is a nation united. They have been forging a path ever since that fateful day, proving that freedom is worth fighting for bu never free, and that America is a symbol of justice.
Today, Japan is one of our greatest allies and there is no question that those who served during WWII are responsible for a rebirth in America that was much needed. Today we salute and thank you. You continue to represent the very best of America.
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