December 7th, 1941, by many accounts it was a beautiful Sunday morning when U.S. forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, were attacked by the Empire of Japan. This act led to the United States entering World War 2. In his famous speech following the attack, President Roosevelt said it was a date that would live in infamy.
The historical significance of the attack on Pearl Harbor is so far-reaching, it's difficult to comprehend. Think about how that day has affected us to this very day. The fact that the United States was able to so rapidly mobilize, fight and win a two-front war is something almost unheard of in history. Two front wars are usually disastrous, however, our Greatest Generation, along with our allies were able to push against Germany in Europe and Japan in the Pacific. The sheer grit and willpower to be able to win that kind of war against well-trained enemies is something we can't really relate to today. Our military superiority is basically a given whenever we're tested today. This was not the case, in 1941, both Japan and Germany were well trained and well-equipped militaries. We overcame.
Thinking back to that day, with the heroism, all of the loss and the firm resolve of our nation to not wallow and accept defeat. How can one not be moved by our actions after Pearl Harbor? December 7th, 1941 we were attacked and our nation exemplified in real time the lyrics from our national anthem. "And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there." We endured.
December 7th, 1941, a day forever living in infamy. We lost 2,403 brave souls and found ourselves thrust into a war that encompassed the globe. On this 76th anniversary, remember those souls. Remember not for anger or hate, but remember the love of country and family that was held by those that perished on that fateful day. This We'll Defend.