Monday, December 7, 2009

Remembering Pearl Harbor

It was, in the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "a date that will live in infamy."

In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941 the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor came under attack by the Japanese navy. When the surprise assault was over, 2,345 U.S. military personnel were dead, and another 1,247 lay wounded.

Today, on the 68th anniversary of the event that precipitated America's entry into World War II, we remember and honor the many men and women who were killed or wounded that day. And we salute those veterans who survived the attack and vowed -- in the words of the 1942 poster by Allen Sandburg pictured above -- "that these dead shall not have died in vain."