In response to President Joe Biden’s call for remembering on Pearl Harbor Day, many flags are flying at half staff across the United States today. In response to President Joe Biden’s call for remembering on Pearl Harbor Day, many flags are flying at half staff across the United States today. The sad anniversary of the 1941 attack that threw the United States into the center of World War II is Thursday, December 7.
Deciphering Pearl Harbor’s Impact: A Historical Symphony
Just after 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese planes descended on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a blitz that claimed thousands of lives. Bombs rained down, devastating the USS Arizona and others, altering the course of history. The goal? Cripple the U.S. Pacific Fleet, a move that ushered America into World War II.
Observing National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Dec. 7, a day etched in history, is observed annually. Established in 1994, it’s a day for Hawaii and communities nationwide to unite in commemorations, with American flags bowing in shared grief.
The Toll of Pearl Harbor: Numbers That Speak
In 1941, 2,403 lives were lost, 1,178 injured, and two battleships, the USS Arizona and the USS Utah, permanently sunk. The airforce suffered too, with 188 aircraft destroyed—a stark reminder of the cost paid on that historic day.
Today, we pause to remember “a day that will live in infamy” following a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Join us in saluting the bravery demonstrated 82 years ago today that has continued to inspire future generations. pic.twitter.com/WUlgDkjSlx
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) December 7, 2023
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