President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said that Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked was a “date which will live infamy.” Although 75 years have passed since that fateful day, it will forever remain a turning point for our nation.
Millions of young men and women answered the call to service and volunteered to join the nation’s war effort. Today more than 100 living survivors of Pearl Harbor gathered at the site of the attack to remember the fallen and pay tribute to the all who responded in the aftermath of the attack.
Survivor Mel Heckman told CBS News, “I saw the Oklahoma going over. She took 460 with her that day.”
The survivors and others on hand at the memorial service observed a moment of silence at 7:55 am local time, the time the two hour-long strike began. The surviving heroes will be honored with a parade along Waikiki Beach later in the day.
May we stay true to President Roosevelt’s words and never forget the devastation, but also the courage and sacrifice that took place at Pearl Harbor on this day.