December 7, 1941: a day that will always live in infamy.
Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor -- one of few serious attacks on U.S. soil.
The attack on Pearl Harbor -- also called Operation Hawaii and Operation Z by the Japanese – was a surprise hit on the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese attacked in order to keep the U.S. away from the Japanese plans to wage war against Southeast Asia.
The attack ultimately sank four U.S. Battleships (including the USS Arizona,) three cruisers, three destroyers, a training ship and one minelayer. The worst loss, however, was in human form: 2,402 American servicemen were killed and 1,282 were wounded in the attack.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was the tipping point for the U.S.'s entry into World War II. It also eventually led to the detonation of two atomic bombs on Japan to end the war.
Events are taking place throughout the country to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many of these events are planned on a local level to remember those servicemen and women who were affected by the attack. Flags are also lowered to half-mast on Pearl Harbor to remember this sad anniversary.
We won't forget the attack on Pearl Harbor, even though many of the servicemen and women who fought in World War II have now passed on. Their selfless sacrifice is a reminder that freedom is never free.
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