On a quiet morning 77 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service.
At about 7:48 a.m. 78 years ago, the base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by more than 300 Imperial Japanese aircraft. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but USS Arizona were later raised. As a symbol of American hard work, determination and fortitude, six of the Battleships were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.
188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. May we always remember their courage, service and sacrifice. We must honor them by exemplifying respect, honor and love for God, this great Country and our fellow men and women.