Between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, a somber day hangs on the calendar, where the entire nation pauses to remember a time when falling Japanese bombs on a Naval base in far-off Hawaii shattered American peace. It has been 71 years since that morning, but those memories—and President Roosevelt’s words after the attack—are still a part of our national conscience.
Over 2,300 troops lost their lives in the attack, most of them aboard the USS Arizona when it sank in the harbor. The folks who defended the base went on to help defeat the Axis powers all over the world.
But the tyranny of the clock is catching up with them; over 600 World War II Veterans pass away each day. We’re losing priceless history with every passing day.
So what can you do? Start by listening to their stories while they’re still with us. Every generation of Veterans can learn something from these men and women. Take the time to know the sights and sounds of the day of infamy. Read about how one Pearl Harbor survivor is helping to identify the dead. And check out video from that day to put images to these harrowing stories.
Later today, World War II Veterans will gather at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to place a wreath in memory of those who perished in the attacks at Pearl Harbor. They haven’t forgotten, and neither will we.