December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – U.S.

December 7, 1941, a “date which will live in infamy,” Japanese fighter pilots launched a deadly surprise attack on Hawaii. About 2,400 U.S. service men and women were killed and more than a thousand were injured as the naval base at Pearl Harbor was bombed and four battleships were sunk plus aircraft, cruisers, destroyers, a training ship, and a minelayer ship were sunk or damaged.

The attack brought the U.S. firmly into World War II, allies with England, France, and Russia (and others), fighting against Japan, Germany, and Italy.

Today there will be observances and services plus a commemoration concert and a dinner.

Some of these observances take place on the USS Arizona Memorial, which spans the sunken hull of the battleship on which 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors were killed. The National Park Service maintains the memorial, and more than one million people visit every year. I know that when I went to the memorial, years ago, a large group of Japanese tourists came with flowers and paper cranes to honor of the dead.

To find out more, check out...

EyeWitness to History  (lots of reading and a few photos)
or Time  (lots of photos and a little reading)

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