76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor celebrated across the U.S.
At 7:48 A.M, on December 7th, 1941, 353 Imperial Japanese aircrafts launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. 18 U.S. ships were destroyed, 2403 American soldiers and civilians were killed and another 1,178 were injured. The Japanese hoped to destroy the American fleet so the U.S. wouldn’t interfere in Japan’s plans for WWII, but instead the attack escalated WWII.
The next day, the U.S. officially declared war on the Empire of Japan, and after that, Nazi Germany declared war on the U.S. December 7th, 2017, marks the 76th anniversary of this terrible attack on the U.S. Designated by the U.S. Congress on August 23rd, 1994, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemorates these vicious attacks on American soil.
On Pearl Harbor Day, all American flags are flown at half-mast until sunset to show respect for the victims of the attack. The holiday is not a federal holiday, so people have to attend school and work, but there are still services held to honor the people who died during the attack. Memorial services are held at places like the U.S.S. Arizona, which sank during the attack, as well as other ceremonies, speeches, and stories of the event. The attack is one of the first and one of the worst unprovoked terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
This unprovoked act on American soil was one of the worst in history. President Roosevelt stated that the day of the bombing was “a date which will live in infamy,” and it has remained so to this day.