A Day of Infamy, the day that Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, is commemorated with National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day each year on December 7.
On that day in 1941, more than 2,400 people were killed in Japan’s attack on the base in Hawaii. of the Pacific Fleet of America. Hundreds of aircraft were destroyed or damaged, as were most of the ships in the port, and thousands of servicemen and women were killed or injured. It was an unprecedented surprise attack that precipitated America’s entry into World War II when we sided with the Allies and declared war on Japan.
HOW TO OBSERVE PEARL HARBOR NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY
Send a care package to a member of the Armed Forces abroad
Find a local organization that sends out aid packages; there should be one in your community. Basic grooming needs, phone cards, canned goodies, even a polite thank you note are simple expressions of concern that mean a lot to soldiers thousands of miles from home. Get your church or civic organization to help and your impact will be much greater.
Loved ones staying at home need comfort too
Families left behind often struggle with expense and loneliness while their husbands and wives are abroad. Adopt a family in your community and be there to offer help. It could be as simple as attending children’s games, dropping off some food, or giving out a gas card. Little acts of kindness can help keep a family together even when they are apart.
Treat yourself well too
The life you are living today would be impossible without the sacrifices of December 7 and all the wars this country has been in. Honor the memory of the lost by living the best life you can and work to improve the lives of those who come after. you.
WHY NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY IS IMPORTANT
It was the worst attack on American soil by a foreign country
The United States was in peace talks with Japan when Japan launched 350 fighter jets in a surprise airstrike on Pearl Harbor, home of the Pacific Fleet. 330 US aircraft and 19 ships were damaged or destroyed, and thousands of people were killed or injured.
The attack on Pearl Harbor led the United States into World War II
Japan’s designs on the Philippines, then a territory of the United States, precipitated the attack on PearlHarbor in an attempt to destroy the Pacific Fleet and buy time for them to conquer what they called the Southern Resource Zone. Until then, the primarily isolationist position of the United States prevented our entry into World War II. That position disintegrated with the attack, when the American people united in a call for war, a call that eventually led to the Allies winning that war.
It is a day to honor our military
This is a good time to think about the trials and tribulations our service men and women endure every day and around the world. America is in a position to be the police of the world, with hundreds of thousands of service men and women deployed to protect our country and people everywhere. Remember them in your actions and in your prayers.