On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized. The attack sank three other ships and damaged many additional vessels. More than 180 aircraft were destroyed.
Mobile, Alabama National Cemetery
The following day President Franklin Roosevelt, addressing a joint session of Congress, called December 7 “a date which will live in infamy.” The famous phrase was a revised line from a previously typed draft. The original line was “a date which will live in world history.” The original document is housed in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY.
Today is a good day to take some time to remember our veterans during the Christmas Holidays ahead. Make a special attempt to thank our Soldiers and Veterans for their service. Many will be away from their families during the holidays and we need to make an extra effort to express our thanks during this time. On the A Million Thanks website, you can send an email to our soldiers for free. This is a simple and quick way to express our gratitude for their service.