On December 7th, 1941, the world was forever changed when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. This event plunged the United States into World War II, and everyone’s lives were affected in some way. For those of us who weren’t around during that time, it can be difficult to truly understand the significance of that day. But it’s important to remember and reflect on what happened, as well as the brave men and women who served our country during that time.
In this blog post, we’ll share some memories and thoughts about Pearl Harbor Day. We hope that by reading this, you’ll gain a better understanding of the sacrifices made by so many on that fateful day.
What is Pearl Harbor Day?
In the United States, Pearl Harbor Day is observed on December 7th in memory of the 2,403 people who lost their lives during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.
It was a Sunday morning and most of the servicemen were asleep when the first bombs fell. The attack lasted just over two hours, but the damage was extensive. In addition to the 2,403 killed, 1,178 were wounded. Twenty-one ships were sunk or damaged beyond repair.
The attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II. Japan had been at war with China since 1937 and had been expanding its territory in Southeast Asia. The United States had been trying to stay out of the war, but after the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was no way to avoid it.
On December 8th, President Roosevelt gave his famous “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress, asking for a declaration of war against Japan. Congress obliged and within hours, America was officially at war with Japan. Germany and Italy then declared war on America, and so World War II had begun.
In remembrance of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, we observe Pearl Harbor Day each year on December 7th.
What happened at Pearl Harbor?
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The surprise attack destroyed or damaged 19 U.S. ships and more than 300 aircraft. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,200 wounded. The attack brought the United States into World War II.
Why is Pearl Harbor Day important?
For many, Pearl Harbor Day is a day of remembrance. It’s a somber day where we reflect on the loss of life and the events that led to America’s involvement in World War II. For some, it’s also a day to honor the brave men and women who fought for our country. Here are some thoughts and memories about Pearl Harbor Day from people around the world.
Personal memories and thoughts about Pearl Harbor Day
I can remember Pearl Harbor Day like it was yesterday. I was just a young boy at the time, but the events of that day have stayed with me all these years. I can still see the disbelief in my father’s eyes as he listened to the radio reports of the attack. And I’ll never forget the look of anger and determination on my mother’s face as she vowed to do whatever she could to support our country in its time of need.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 75 years since that fateful day. But it’s important that we never forget what happened, and why America is such a special place. On Pearl Harbor Day, let us all take a moment to remember those who lost their lives, and to reflect on what this country stands for.
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. For those of us who weren’t alive then, it can be difficult to imagine what it was like for those who lived through it. It’s a day that will always be remembered in American history, and we should take a moment every year to reflect on what happened and honor those who were affected by it.