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Friday
Dec072012

US Remembers Attack on Pearl Harbor 71 Years Later

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) -- Ceremonies will be held in Hawaii on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. Navy came under attack by Japan at the naval base -- a sudden strike that catapulted the United States into WWII.

Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day "a date that will live in infamy," and vowed that "no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people with their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory."

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In all, more than 2,400 American lives were lost, along with numerous battleships and aircraft.

A moment of silence will be held in Pearl Harbor on Friday at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time -- the time the attack began.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

70 Years Later, America Remembers Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) -- Exactly 70 years ago on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy came under attack by Japan at Pearl Harbor -- a sudden strike that catapulted the United States into WWII.

Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 "a date that will live in infamy," and vowed that "no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people with their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory."

In all, 2,402 American lives were lost, four battleships were sunk and close to 200 aircraft were destroyed.

To honor the fallen, President Obama has proclaimed Wednesday "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day." In a statement, Mr. Obama said: "On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the more than 3,500 Americans killed or wounded during that deadly attack and pay tribute to the heroes whose courage ensured our Nation would recover from this vicious blow. Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II.  As a Nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms."

The president encouraged Americans to, "observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities," and urged them to fly their flags at half-staff.

A moment of silence will be held in Pearl Harbor Wednesday at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time -- the time the attack began.

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