On this day, 73 years ago, the Japanese led a sneak attack on the US Navy base at
Pearl Harbor, crushing our naval forces. Over 2,400 were
killed. More than a thousand others were injured. Twenty one ships were
destroyed. The attack lasted just two hours.
Few anticipated an attack on this scale on our own soil. The attack led President Franklin D Roosevelt to ask Congress for a declaration of war against
was only one dissenting vote – Representative Jeannette Rankin of Japan . Until now, Montana had
managed to stay out of WWII. Three days after we declared war on America Japan, Germany
and Italy – both Japanese
allies – also declared war on .
Yesterday, President Obama proclaiming today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The Proclamation encourages Americans to observe today and remember those fallen in service on that tragic day that brought
into the Second World War. America
Today we remember those who lost their lives, both those in service and civilians. May their Memory Be Eternal.