A message from Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce:
It’s hard for people living today to remember the horror of the attack, on Pearl Harbor Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy 78 years ago today.
The unprovoked attack on a Sunday morning was incredibly shocking to an America. In an era without television or the internet, it took hours for Americans to learn of the attack and the devastation it created. For America World War II started in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Today we recall the horror of that attack – and rightfully so. Pearl Harbor is more than just a momentary battle in military history. It is an amazing story of heroism and a poignant lesson for our nation that we cannot allow to fade away. 2,408 United States servicemen died in that early Sunday morning attack. 15 U.S. sailors were Medal of Honor recipients, only 5 of them survived the unimaginable destruction of that day.
The lessons of December 7, 1941 for us and future generations is that we must always be prepared against unprovoked acts of aggression. Our nation must always be vigilant. And we must never forget the heroes who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor – and those who unselfishly risked their lives to save the lives of others.