Friday, December 7, 2012

Pearl Harbor Day

Today in school, we took some time to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day.  Here is the message that was read:

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, 71 years ago today, America’s naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the forces of Japan. 2400 Americans were killed and another 1000 were wounded in the attack. 14 Naval vessels were either sunk or damaged. 188 aircraft were damaged.

The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II.

Listen to these words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he addressed Congress the day after the attack:

"Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 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."

President Roosevelt went on, in his speech, to say, “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.”

The United States went on, with our allies, to defeat Japan, Italy and Nazi Germany after nearly four years. 16 million Americans served in the military during the war. Nearly 300,000 were killed in action and almost 700,000 were wounded.

Today, let us remember those who perished at Pearl Harbor as well as those who served and gave their lives during World War II. Let us also remember the brave and selfless men and women who continue to serve today in order to preserve freedom here at home and around the world.

Our flag was flown at half staff today in remembrance of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Rubright: It is refreshing to see you and the school commemorate such an important day in our history. I am glad my children get to understand important events of the past... keep up the good work.
Charles Felts