Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7: Remembering Pearl Harbor and "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the event that precipitated America's entry into World War II.

In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, more than 2,345 U.S. military personnel were killed and another 1,247 wounded during the surprise attack carried out by the Imperial Japanese Navy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that this would be "a date which will live in infamy," and the American public responded by rallying around the war effort.

On today's somber anniversary, Scaling Beacon Hill joins with Americans everywhere to honor the many men and women who served at Pearl Harbor, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We also salute the troops who are currently serving our country overseas to keep America strong and protect our many freedoms.