Remembering Pearl Harbor
Washington, Dec 7, 2009 - On Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched a surprise attack on our Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, killing 2,400 people and wounding over 1,000. The next day, the United States officially entered World War II.
The date, as President Roosevelt said, “will live in infamy.” It will and it should. It should serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of the time, and how our great nation came together to defend ourselves and stand up in the face of evil.
It’s easy for us to become distracted sometimes, from the fight in which we now find ourselves, against the deadly forces of radical Islam. Last week, the White House and the country were rightly concerned about our war in Afghanistan and the 30,000 additional brave men and women who will be sent to fight there. Days like today are a sobering reminder of the sacrifices our military men and women make in the name of freedom.