“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
December 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is yet another day to remember the sacrifices of our veterans, those serving in the military today and their families. It is another day to thank them for their sacrifices.
On this day in 1941, forces from the nation of Japan attacked the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii crippling it as a precursor to securing other islands in the Pacific. The Philippines—the Pearl of the Orient at the time—fell after General Douglas MacArthur was forced to evacuate the nation. Like the dark days at Valley Forge, it appeared as if the United States had lost the war before it really began.
This led to the extraordinary effort of the American people to overcome tyranny and dictatorship threatening to take over the United States.
News broadcast of the Event
Speech by Roosevelt before Congress on December 8th.
Recount of the event with color footage.