President Roosevelt appeared before Congress on December 8, 1941, and declared December 7, 1941, as a date that will live in infamy, as this is the date that the United States of America was attacked by the Empire of Japan.
Whether you refer to it as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, or Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, or just Pearl Harbor Day, it is a day that is observed annually in the United States. While it is not a federal holiday, it is a day to honor and remember the more than 2,300 men killed and another 1,200 plus wounded on that frightful day. Almost half of the casualties occurred on the naval battleship USS Arizona; however, five of the eight Pacific fleet battleships were rendered useless, along with three destroyers. Today marks the 75th anniversary of this tragic event and a special website is dedicated to honor the past and inspire the future. Here you will find information about the historic sites, educational resources, the history leading up to the attack, and much, much more…
Often asked questions related to this event are:
- Why did the Japanese attack only by air?
- If the planes were spotted on radar, why wasn’t the military ready for the attack?
- How long did the Battle of Pearl Harbor last?
The answer to these questions and more are available at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Bureau.
Typically on this day, the American flag should be flown in homes, U.S. government buildings and the White House at half-mast in honor of those who died in the attack.
If you are interested in learning or hearing more about the events leading up to, including, and after Pearl Harbor, then check out these links: