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This is a day that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Seventy-seven years ago — Dec. 7, 1941 — the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked U.S. territory in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The attack, prompted by Japan’s hopes of eliminating an impediment to its conquering of Southeast Asia, resulted in the death of more than 2,300 Americans and injuries to more than 1,000 others. The loss of aircraft totaled 200 and the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet battleships were utterly destroyed.
World War II had started three years earlier. The United States hadn’t entered the war. But, the day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan, entering the fighting taking place in numerous places around the globe.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared in his announcement of the entry that Dec. 7, 1941 would “live in infamy.”
It has and it will.
The day will be marked in Pearl Harbor, of course, but also is expected to be remembered throughout the nation with flags being flown at half-mast to honor those who died in the attack.
Memorial services and other events will take place, and the significance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will be explained in schools.
Here in Alaska — in Ketchikan — we’ll remember. The attack changed the direction of our nation and many of the lives of those we’ve admired and loved.
That’s not something to take lightly nor to forget.
Take a moment today.