Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Message
December 7, 2012, marks 71 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor
December 05, 2012
December 7, 2012, marks 71 years since the surprise attack
on Pearl Harbor that resulted in 3,500 dead or wounded Americans and 18 ships
sunk or severely damaged. That fateful day in history forever changed America.
This ruthless attack was meant to weaken our nation - our
enemies ignorant of the American people’s resolve and determination. Though
many dark days followed the attack, it ultimately served to reawaken our
national pride and spirit, unite us in the name of democracy and produce
America’s “greatest generation.” It placed America into the global-leadership
position it maintains today.
The United States and its people have never accepted defeat
or succumbed to intimidation. Defending our way of life—our freedom—carried our
great nation to victory in World War II and in every war since.
Though a great many of the survivors of the attack on Pearl
Harbor are no longer with us, we remember their resolve, their contributions
through service and their devotion to duty.
As we pause to remember the brave Americans who perished in the attack
and those who subsequently defended our freedom, we remain inspired by their
perseverance, selflessness and sense of patriotic pride.
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