On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and lead to great losses of life and equipment. More than 2000 American citizens were killed and more than 1000 were injured. The Japanese military had hoped that the attack on Pearl Harbor would prevent the United States of America from increasing her influence in the Pacific. However, the events in Pearl Harbor actually led to the escalation of World War II.

The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is an occasion to honor the dedication of our “Greatest Generation” both civilian and military, and their incredible sacrifices. The events of that date triggered our resolve as a nation, our can-do attitude and resourcefulness and an unmatched commitment to the defense of freedom.

It is also an opportunity to reflect on how to learn from the past. Understanding these events and their consequences can inspire us and future generations to deal with conflict peacefully, charting our way toward prosperity and understanding.