Friday, December 07, 2012

Today Is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today in 1941 Japan attacked Pearl harbor leaving 1,282 Americans Wounded and 2,402 killed.  In spite of the loss of individuals Pearl Harbor Day will soon go the way of "Remember The Maine Day."  The people who were there are mostly dead and those who were alive at the time or would be alive a few years afterwards are also dieing off and once those who could remember the event or whose father was part of that time period die, the memory of the importance of that day will go.   Future Presidents will no longer be afraid of offending Japan by speaking out on Pearl Harbor Day.  If you notice in President' Obama Proclamation Japan is not mentioned at all in it.  Pearl Harbor was the equivalent of 911 at the time.  An unexpected attack leaving many dead.  I think the difference between 1941 and 2001 is the President in 1941 declared War on Japan.  In 2001 the President continued undeclared war on which ever country he felt he wanted to.  If War can be Honorable it was honorable in 1941 and today our country acts little better than the terrorist who attack us.


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On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century's darkest moments.

In his address to the Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt affirmed that "with confidence in our Armed Forces -- with the unbounding determination of our people -- we will gain the inevitable triumph." Millions stood up and shipped out to meet that call to service, fighting heroically on Europe's distant shores and pressing island by island across the Pacific. Millions more carried out the fight in factories and shipyards here at home, building the arsenal of democracy that propelled America to the victory President Roosevelt foresaw. On every front, we faced down impossible odds -- and out of the ashes of conflict, America rose more prepared than ever to meet the challenges of the day, sure that there was no trial we could not overcome.

Today, we pay solemn tribute to America's sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright -- whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or the heart of the country they kept strong and free.

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, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2012, 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 this December 7 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 sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


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