The events that surround Pearl Harbor Day, also known as D-Day, has been immortalized in movies and the history books. Pearl Harbor Day happened on December 7, 1941 on what began as a beautiful Sunday morning in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Events that Led to Pearl Harbor on D-Day:
The United States had avoided entering World War II. That changed on December 7, 1941 when 183 Japanese warplanes demolished the US Pacific fleet that was docked at Pearl Harbor. For two hours, the Japanese warplanes swooped down and bombed the US Pacific fleet creating terror and panic among those on the ground. By the end of the attack, most of the US Pacific fleet would be badly damaged, and some ships, like the USS Arizona Battleship would lie at the bottom of Pearl Harbor where sailors would wait hopelessly for rescue. The USS Arizona Battleship still remains at the bottom of Pearl Harbor where over 1,000 American sailors lie still entombed since D-Day.
President Roosevelt Responds to Pearl Harbor Event of D-Day:
President Roosevelt’s speech, ” The Day that will live in Infamy ” was a very moving speech that was delivered by President Roosevelt on December 8, 1941. He spoke of how December 7, 1941 would be a day that will live in infamy because of the attack on Pearl Harbor on D-Day. President Roosevelt declared war on Japan and the United States rallied to help the survivors through prayer and action.
How You Can Remember Pearl Harbor on D-Day:
Over 3,000 Americans lost their lives on December 7, 1941. You can remember Pearl Harbor on D-Day by lighting a candle in honor of those brave souls. If you know a survivor or a descendant of Pearl Harbor, call them and visit with them a few minutes. Attend any of the nation-wide Pearl Harbor ceremonies that are taking place to honor the memory of Pearl Harbor. You can also watch a movie about Pearl Harbor or listen to President Roosevelt’s speech. Just take a moment to silently remember those who died on D-Day and the brave men and women who fought before, during and after Pearl Harbor Day. If you are in Hawaii, visit the USS Arizona Battleship Memorial and quietly reflect on the sailors who are still there, just beneath the water in Pearl Harbor.
There are few things that bring a nation together faster than tragedy. From 9/11, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and Pearl Harbor Day are just a few examples of how tragedy draws us closer as a nation. The aftermath and the desire to stop further tragedies can be found by reflecting on the past. Remember Pearl Harbor on D-Day and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.