December 7th is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is observed annually in the United States. Americans take time to honor the 2,403 US citizens who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump took time to honor those who died during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
“These are great men,” Trump said of the veterans as he began his remarks from the White House. “On this day 76 years ago, more than 2,000 Americans were killed in a surprise attack on our homeland. Hundreds more were injured. Battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers in our Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor suffered crippling losses.”
Calling them “very special men,” he noted that “they were among the very first Americans to fight back in the Second World War.”
Before the president signed a presidential proclamation recognizing December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, he said to the six veterans standing beside him, “Remember Pearl Harbor.’ Have you heard that before a couple of times, ‘Remember Pearl Harbor?'”
Then, one of the veterans in attendance, Michael ‘Mickey’ Ganitch, burst into song with “Remember Pearl Harbor” as Trump honored them at the White House.
“Let’s remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo,” Ganitch sang. “We will always remember how they died for liberty. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, and go on to victory.”
After Ganitch’s impromptu performance, Trump commented, “What can I say? Wow, that was good.”
Trump went on to say, “I ask that God continue to bless and watch over each of you as very, very special people to our country.”
“And God is watching over you,” the president concluded. “Our surviving World War II veterans are a precious, national treasure.”
Today along with all Americans, President Trump honored these great veterans!
Here’s the Proclamation from the White House:
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2017
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By the President of the United States of America
On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those who perished in defense of our homeland and the veterans who selflessly answered the call to freedom during World War II. In our Nation’s history, few events have been as pivotal as the “date which will live in infamy.”
Seventy-six years ago today, on the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese air and naval forces carried out an unprovoked surprise attack on American military installations in Oahu, Hawaii. Horrific sounds of war shattered that peaceful Sunday morning, and our Nation was forever changed. More than 2,400 Americans lost their lives, and more than 1,000 service members and civilians were wounded in the attack. This horrific act of aggression galvanized the Nation and propelled us into World War II. Americans would not awaken to another peaceful dawn for nearly 4 long years.
In our darkest hours, the greatness of America emerged. Throughout the long and difficult war, our citizens remained courageous and resilient. Thousands answered the call to arms, left family and loved ones behind, and embarked on long and onerous journeys to fight America’s enemies abroad. On the home front, American industry, ingenuity, and innovation increased our warfighting capacity and helped turn the tide in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters. The war effort motivated soldier and civilian alike. Families and communities came together, sacrificing personal comfort and prosperity for the greater good. Our country also solidified partnerships with like-minded nations committed to the promise of freedom. The spirit and soul of our Nation were tested in the fires of adversity, and we emerged even more determined, confident, and resolute.
The USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a sacred resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 sailors and Marines who perished on that fateful December morning. Even though these American patriots are entombed in a watery grave within the sunken hull of a battleship, their names are etched into the marble wall in the structure above. Just last month the First Lady and I had the distinct honor of visiting this hallowed site to pay our respects to the American heroes that were taken from us on that infamous day. The rusted wreckage is a haunting and sober reminder of the sacrifice of these heroes and their families, while the iconic, striking white memorial stands as a somber reminder of what we lost and also what we must fight to preserve.
Today, a new generation of brave men and women in uniform stand ready to oppose any threat to our Nation and the civilized world. Though the decades have passed, we are careful to never forget the lessons of Pearl Harbor. Our Armed Forces must be strong and vigilant, prepared to fight and preserve all we hold dear. It is our greatest obligation — our most solemn duty — to ensure our Nation remains the land of the free and the home of the brave. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt told the Congress that “With confidence in our Armed Forces — with the unbounding determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph.” That confidence and determination is undiminished today as we combat the ever-changing threats to freedom.
On this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pray for all who died on the island of Oahu that dreadful Sunday morning, and for those who perished around the world in the battles of World War II. May we never forget their bravery, their selflessness, and their sacrifice for the noble causes of liberty and peace.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2017, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Seventy-six years ago Thursday, the U.S. was left in shock after Japanese warplanes carried out a surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base. A total of 2,3335 American military personnel perished in the attack, the vast majority of whom were with the Navy.
Nearly half — 1,177 — of the casualties came from the USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attack.
Sixty-eight civilians were also killed.
The attack was the decisive factor that led the U.S. to enter World War II, a conflict that would not end until September 1945, over three years later.
“Yesterday, December 7, 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.,” then-President Franklin Roosevelt said in an address to Congress the day after the attack.
On Pearl Harbor Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. military forces in Hawaii.
We bless all of those who gave their lives on this day. As President Trump said, they are heroes. They are living witnesses to this horrific event. All Americans…including NFL players… should honor their service and sacrifice and be forever grateful to these veterans.