Pearl Harbor Day – Oahu, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor Day

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  On that day 2,390 Americans were killed. About half of them died when a 1,700-pound armor-piercing bomb flew into the Arizona’s ammunition magazine.The following day, December 8, the U.S. declared war on Japan after President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the attack “a date which will live in infamy”.

AFP Getty Images – The USS Arizona after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
Twelve ships sank or were beached during the Pearl Harbor attack.  Ten of those ships have since been taken out of the harbor and their metal hulls salvaged for scrap. Only the USS Utah and the USS Arizona remain at Pearl Harbor.
This year for the 70th anniversary of the attack about 120 survivors returned to Pearl Harbor’s sunken USS Arizona and Arizona Memorial to a hero’s reception.  About 5,000 spectators were on hand to applaud and recognize the survivors.

Pearl Harbor survivors Walk of Honor – Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony
(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
President Barack Obama proclaimed Wednesday as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”  He said “Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II. As a nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms.”

Wreaths line edges of The USS Arizona Memorial on Dec. 7, 2011 – Pearl Harbor (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
The Pearl Harbor Survivors group will disband at the end of December “because age and infirmity made it too difficult to carry on”.  The aging group of survivors has 2,700 members.  There are about 7,000 to 8,000 Pearl Harbor survivors.

Hawaii Discount offers Pearl Harbor Tours for those interested in going to the USS Arizona Memorial to pay respects to the hundreds of American servicemen who lost their lives in the battleship below.

Thank you to all of those who have served and are serving our country!
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