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We must never forget Pearl Harbor Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Sixty-nine years ago today –Dec. 7, 1941 — the Japanese launched a surprise attack on our military in the Pacific with more than 3,500 Americans killed or wounded. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the day a “date which will live in infamy.” The Japanese hoped the attack would destroy our Pacific Fleet and break the will of Americans. They did not succeed. The United States ended its policy of isolation and the nation was thrust into the Great War. Americans responded to Pearl Harbor with a firm resolve. We fought back, and our Greatest Generation eventually won the Great War and maintained freedom. On Pearl Harbor Day last year, President Obama said, “This courage (following the 1941 attack) is not uncommon in the story of America — a story of heroes whose sacrifice and valor speak to their love of comrades and country; and whose goodness guides our quest for lasting peace. Today, and every day, we draw strength from the moment when the best among us defended an island and a Nation from the onslaught of tyranny, and forever altered the course of our history.” Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7, 1941, and 9/11 on Sept. 11, 2001, were two of the darkest days in U.S. history. Our homeland was attacked and our great nation responded with force and with a patriotic vigor that made us proud. Today, we remember Pearl Harbor Day, and we salute the people of our nation for their response to this dastardly attack back in 1941. The people who lived through Pearl Harbor Day are diminishing in number, but our nation and its people will never forget Pearl Harbor.

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