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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed on December 7th.

This day honors the more than 2,400 military service personnel who died on December 7, 1941, during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by Japanese forces. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II.



From A Proclamation by the President of the United States
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2004

On a quiet Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, more than 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  On that day, life changed in America, and the course of history was altered forever.

Our citizens reacted to the attack with firm determination to defeat tyranny and secure our Nation.  This enterprise required the commitment and effort of our entire country.  At the height of the conflict, the United States had ships on every ocean and troops on five continents.  In all, more than 16 million Americans wore the uniform of our Nation.  They came from all walks of life.  They served honorably and fought fiercely.  At home, millions more contributed to the war effort, laboring for victory in our factories, on farms, and across America.

Today, we honor those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, and we pay special tribute to the veterans of World War II.  These heroes hold a cherished place in our history.  Through their courage, sacrifice, and selfless dedication, they saved our country and preserved freedom.  As we fight the war on terror, their patriotism continues to inspire a new generation of Americans who have been called to defend the blessings of liberty.  Like those who have gone before them throughout our history, our troops fighting the war on terror are defending America from danger and liberating the oppressed.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."





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