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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - December 7, 2013

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The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

It was 72 years ago today that the United States was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. It marked the beginning of the United States involvement in World War II.

Every year that passes fewer survivors of the attack return to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial to pay their respects to their comrades who died on that "date that will live in infamy." In this special anniversary of the attack, the youngest of the survivors are now 90 years of age.

In honor of the 72nd anniversary we offer four features about Pearl Harbor:

A Brief History of Pearl Harbor Prior to World War II
We look at the early history of Pearl Harbor and how the area became home to the United States Pacific Fleet in the years just prior to World War II.

Lest We Forget - December 7, 1941
We look at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and its aftermath in the Teritory of Hawaii. We then examine why we must remember what happened on December 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor Historical Photos
A collection of historical photos taken immediately prior to, during and after the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Sunday, December 7, 1941 as well as a number of historical photos documenting the salvage efforts which followed the raid.

Visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
Hawaii's most popular tourist attraction has over 1,600,000 million visitors a year. We will help you plan your visit to this most solemn of places in Hawaii.

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December 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(1) Kim A says:


I just wanted to send a message letting you know that on this most auspicious date, I send my most heart-felt thoughts to the great state of
Hawaii. I know that today is a day of remembrance, and I wanted to say that across the many miles, I hold the memories of those lost on Dec. 7th, in my heart. I also respect and admire the reverence which Hawaii holds this date and the way in which you honor the memories.

Thanks you and Aloha

December 9, 2013 at 10:49 am
(2) Sally Edelstein says:

Just as 9/11 is a marker for this current generation, and November 22 was for mine, Sunday December 7, 1941 was a where-were-you-when-kind of day that was seared permanently in the memory of the greatest generation, including my parents.

That weekend it was just 15 days left till Xmas and folks were out doing their shopping. Like most Americans my mother and her family did not expect to be at war the next day or the next week or even next month but they knew it was inevitable.
A look back at that weekend http://wp.me/p2qifI-1T6

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