December 7th is today – the day of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. As a matter of fact, it just so happens to be the 75th commemoration of this special and unforgettable day.
As Americans, we have devoted every 7th day of December to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers of Pearl Harbor and celebrate the past and future. The Battle at Pearl Harbor not only unified us as a nation, but also today enables families of the fallen soldiers to have a day of well-deserved praise and sympathy. Let’s look at Pearl Harbor and what this day of remembrance really stands for.
Remembering What Happened
On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was unexpectedly attacked by Japanese forces, marking the start of the United States’ involvement in World War II. At 7:55 a.m. (HST), a foreign bomber plane pushed its way through chalky clouds with a red symbol gleaming relentlessly in the hot sun… It was the symbol of the Rising Sun, a war flag that represented the Japanese tactical forces. We were in trouble. Before we knew it, the sky was engulfed by hundreds of these war-fueled planes.
In our best efforts, we defended as much of our land and soldiers as we could. However, since this attack was so unannounced and surprising, our nation took a critical blow.
More than 3,500 of our soldiers were either wounded or killed that day. Not to mention the destroyed battleships and military equipment that fell victim to the attack as well.
Little did we know this was going to mark the beginning of a long, devastating journey into what we now know as World War II.
Why Was There an Attack?
Japan was in trouble themselves. They were incredibly low on resources, such as rubber and oil (oil being a key driving force), and after aggressive behavior overseas, the United States implemented a ban on the trade of certain goods being shipped to the Japanese nation.
On top of that, Japan had many enemies at the time and the lack of oil and goods was not the reason they bombed Pearl Harbor.
The Japanese thought that an attack on Pearl Harbor, with enough effort, would render the United States unable to wage naval war.
However, this was not the case at all.
Did you know? The attack was not as unexpected as some may think. Our military had decoded their military’s messages and discovered their plans before they happened. These messages included the announcement of Japan severing ally ties with the US and the initiation of raid attacks. Unfortunately, our technology was not as advanced as it is today which is the reason we weren’t prepared!
The attack on Pearl Harbor did not affect us in the way the Japanese had wanted it to. It was announced that Japan had “awakened the sleeping giant” when they attacked Pearl Harbor and this would lead to their inevitable defeat.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not only about remembering the negative things that happened that day. It represents much, much more than that! It brings everyone together in one place for a celebration of the past and future.
Whether you had a family member serve in the armed forces, a family member who was killed during war, or you just want to show your support for this specific day – I guarantee you will find satisfaction in one of these events! Especially for those who have served in the military ourselves, activities like these honor our brothers and sisters in arms.
This is Agent Lisa’s Grandfather, Joe Murano, who signed up to enlist at age 17 after Pearl Harbor. He was in the Navy and stationed in Guam during WWII.
For a more detailed description on event dates and specifics, please visit: https://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com/full-schedule-of-events/
Here is a list of activities and events for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Wednesday, December 7th):
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration
7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. | Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam | Live Stream Available | View Details >
Freedom Bell Ringing
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. | USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park | Free, Open to the Public | View Details >
75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band Performance
Noon to 1 p.m. | Battleship Missouri Memorial | Free, Open to the Public | View Details >
Fox Sports Pearl Harbor Basketball Invitational: Seton Hall vs. California, Princeton vs. Hawaii
2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. | Bloch Arena | Private Event | View Details >
If you’re interested in later dates, please visit the link above!
Just A Quick Reminder!
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Have a nice Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and be sure to let us know what you did to celebrate our fallen heroes in the comment section below!