Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
A day that will live in infamy
December 6, 2013 by Mark Dye
The Arizona Memorial honors the 1,177 lives that were lost defending the battleship against a surprise Japanese attack the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. Built in 1962, it stretches over the front part of the ship and receives more than one million visitors annually.
It was a quiet December morning. A Sunday—a day off for most, so many people were just starting their routine, or sleeping in, maybe even getting ready for church.
And then the buzz of Japanese aircraft ripped though the skies over Pearl Harbor.
Sailors and Soldiers took to their posts while others scrambled for safety. One plane after another took its shot at U.S. ships—many still in their moorings—or at aircraft sitting silently on now-destroyed runways. U.S. anti-aircraft fire claimed its share of enemy aircraft, but it just wasn’t enough.
By the time the last Japanese plane headed back to its carrier, eight battleships had been damaged, with four of them sunk … 188 U.S. aircraft lay in pieces … more than 1,200 people were wounded … and 2,402 had lost their lives.
It’s a day that still lives in infamy.
This Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay our respect to those who were lost on that fateful date in history, and honor those who ensured their lives were not lost in vain. Thank you to all who have served, and who continue to serve, for your resolve, dedication, and service.