Lacy Hardee

It has been decades of turmoil, but the United States has stood steadfast in the face of oppression and personal freedom. Americans and those wishing to become Americans should be aware of the sacrifices made around the world at the loss of true American heroes.

Appreciate and honor our flag, her laws and desire to become an American as those simply known as America’s Greatest Generation did. There are very few left. Only a dozen or more in own hometown.

Their actions are what set America apart and should never be forgotten. So let us remember these Pearl Harbor facts in honor of the men and women who lost their lives in the Hawaiian island.

Wikipedia makes it easy with 12 things to remember about the attack on United States soil:

• The attack was a surprise ordered by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters.

• It was an early morning attack that took place at around 7:48 a.m.

• The day marked the beginning of the U.S. involvement in World War II.

• 353 Imperial Japanese fighter planes, bombers and torpedo planes were involved in the bombing.

• The Japanese ordered with the intent of sinking American fleets that could attack Japan via the Pacific Ocean.

• There were six aircraft carriers that left Japan and carried out the attack in Pearl Harbor.

• The attacks were later considered to be a war crime by Japan as there was no declaration of war preceding the attacks.

• Japan did send a declaration of war, but the message was too long to transcribe on time and it caught the island by surprise.

• 2,008 sailors were killed, while another 710 were wounded. 218 soldiers and airmen were killed and 364 were wounded, 109 marines were killed and 69 were wounded, while 68 civilians were killed and 35 wounded.

• In total, 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded.

• 15 Medals of Honor were given out after the attacks took place.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt showed solidarity for the hearts of American by calling the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy with these word the following day:

“Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.”

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