Pearl Harbor Day, 2021

Pearl Harbor Day, 2021

By: Carl Block, Esq.

December 7, 2021

An unprovoked deliberate surprise attack on the U.S. fleet and military occurred eighty years ago, on December 7, 1941. The very next day, at the capital of the United States of America, President Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the cabinet. His first words were “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 . . . a date that will live in infamy.” Within an hour of the President’s speech, the Congress unanimously passed a formal declaration of war.

To ensure that we, the people of the United States of America, never forget, the Congress designated December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Every year, we honor the heroes who lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941 . . . 2,403 service members and civilians who died, and another 1,178 who were injured.

The attack fundamentally changed America and the world. The ferocity of the attack and the loss of life showed us the vital interests that were at stake. The courage of those who perished in the attack ignited a spark that rallied Americans across the country.

We are forever in awe of the courage of those who served at Pearl Harbor on December 7. We are forever indebted to those who rallied and served throughout the war, fighting for our freedom, our way of life, and the finest values of the United States of America.

Please join me in remembering those who have gone before to protect and preserve our United States. Equally important, on this day of remembrance, we thank those who are currently serving our country, who stand vigilant and ready to protect our country now and in the future.

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