A date which will live in infamy
December 7th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

A date which will live in infamy

On December 7th, 1941 Japan attacked the United States Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor.  On December 8th the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II.

This morning The White House released a statement remembering the day.

Seventy years ago today, a bright Sunday morning was darkened by the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, Michelle and I join the American people in honoring the memory of the more than 2,400 American patriots—military and civilian, men, women and children—who gave their lives in our first battle of the Second World War. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families for whom this day is deeply personal—the spouses, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters who have known seven decades without a loved one but who have kept their legacy alive for future generations.

We salute the veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor who inspire us still. Despite overwhelming odds, they fought back heroically, inspiring our nation and putting us on the path to victory. They are members of that Greatest Generation who overcame the Depression, crossed oceans and stormed the beaches to defeat fascism, and turned adversaries into our closest allies. When the guns fell silent, they came home, went to school on the G.I. Bill, and built the largest middle class in history and the strongest economy in the world. They remind us that no challenge is too great when Americans stand as one. All of us owe these men and women a profound debt of gratitude for the freedoms and standard of living we enjoy today.

On this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we also reaffirm our commitment to carrying on their work—to keeping the country we love strong, free and prosperous. And as today’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to an end and we welcome home our 9/11 Generation, we resolve to always take care of our troops, veterans and military families as well as they’ve taken care of us. On this solemn anniversary, there can be no higher tribute to the Americans who served and sacrificed seventy years ago today.

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  1. Galactic Cannibal

    Folks ,
    Do the Japanese hold a yearly ceremony to commemorate the incineration of 220,000 civilians in the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima . all killed by atomic bombs dropped on them. but our country, the U.S.Or have the Japanese grown up to let bygones be bygones . Unlike us here in the U.S. where we regurgitate war memories every year . You don't see the Germans doing that, and they lost 11 million in WW II. or the Russians who lost 30 million if you include the killings by Stalin in the WWII period.Get over it and move on. Use our resources to try and stop the massive murder rates in our country every year. Did you know that since 9/11 more than 150,000 people have been murdered here in the USA at a rate of 14.500 each year. So in one year that is more than 3 times the number of US troops killed in IRAQ war. A country who did not attack the U.S. Get our own backyard priorities correct first and find a way to stop the murders in the USA..

    December 7, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  2. Howard

    November 4, 2008, is the day which will live in infamy !!!
    That's the day a traitor, barack obama, infiltrated the American
    government, by becoming President of the United States !!!

    December 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Howard A Moron

      Howard – Get A Life – If you think he is the worst thing for America, think again !! He is one of the best president's that your country has, of course Bill Clinton is number 1. If you think he is a traitor, maybe you need to look yourself in the mirror and look at your self. He is from your country and is an american citizen. Just because you don't like him doesn't give you the right to post idotic comments on the cnn website.

      December 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Thomas

      Want to see an idiot, look in the mirror. lol

      December 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      Howard the village idiot troll.
      Obama-Biden 2012

      December 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  3. zadoc

    Here in Arizona, at the state capitol building, a Flying Fotress flew over at exactly 10:55am, the same time that the attacks started. It was cool.

    POLL: Did you go to a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack?
    Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/6102023

    December 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  4. Ari3s

    December 7, 2011. A day I hope I forget because a moron opened his mouth, namely Howard. Obama has done great things for this country, its not his fault the Republi-cants left such a mess for him to try to clean up. He screwed up too, no one is denying that, but had another Republicant be in office, we would all find ourselves enslaved to the corporations.

    Obama 2012
    Dems Forever more!

    December 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  5. PA Moderate

    Howard is off his meds again

    December 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  6. David

    I kinda like Howard....lol
    RON PAUL 2012

    December 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • David

      But seriously....may this day be remembered forever in American and world history. And never repeated?

      December 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Howard

      I SEE THAT THE OBAMA AS S LICKING CLIQUE OF STOOGES IS RALLYING TO PROTECT THEIR MESSIAH AGAIN .. . WELL ... UNLIKE YOU BLIND FOOLS, I CONSIDER AMERICA MUCH, MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE EMPTY SUIT PRETENDER, barack obama. I suspect that some of you thugs, who revel in ganging up and insulting anyone who disagrees with obama, are union organized bloggers, directed by your party leader to respond with vile
      attacks on real Americans. Well, good luck, America is finally waking up to the damage your treasonous leader is doing to this once great country ... and, even with a BILLION dollars, and a biased media, he won't be able to buy the White House this time !!!

      December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  7. Backtroll

    Just ignore Howard he's just troll. he'll say whatever gets on people's nerves, if obama does not get re-elected he'll nag about who ever does win. and to howard.... You Mad bro?

    December 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  8. Trace

    A complete psychosis of idiocy....Does anyone here know to whom I am referring? We need better mental care in this country or an improved educational system that would dictate anyone able to turn on a computer in this country "must have a functional brain"

    December 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm |