"Yesterday, December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan... As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt * In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, the tranquil waters of Pearl Harbor were forever disrupted by the tides of war. The USS Arizona and 1,177 of her crew were among the first casualties of the Pacific War; the USS Arizona Memorial stands above the sunken vessel and her fallen sailors, serving as a reminder of their sacrifice and commitment.
Today, 71 years later, December 7th remains a day to always remember and honor those who were lost and those who fought for our freedom. We salute them.
*Source: Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York