“A date which will live in infamy.”
Veterans and members of the armed services came together in Hawaii Wednesday to honor the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that led the United States to enter WWII.
On Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese planes attacked the Pearl Harbor military base, killing 2,403 U.S. servicemen and civilians and wounding more than 1,000.
The National Parks Service and the U.S. Navy organized the ceremony at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
“Today, Michelle and I join the American people in remembering those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor—many of them not much older than boys—and in honoring their families—spouses, siblings, sons and daughters who still carry the memories of their loved ones in their hearts,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on the Empire of Japan the following day, calling the attack a “date which will live in infamy.”
“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory,” Roosevelt said. “I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.”