Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the 80th anniversary of the Japanese air attack on the U-S Navy in Hawaii on December 7th, 1941, that brought the nation into World War II.
President Franklin Roosevelt described it in his speech to Congress asking for a declaration of war as “a date that will live in infamy.”
Flags would normally drop to half-staff today in memory of the more than 3,000 American service members killed in the attack, but flags are already at half-staff through Thursday in honor of the life and legacy of U-S Senator Bob Dole.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has issued a message for Pearl Harbor Day, saying those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the attack will never been forgotten, but his focus is more on the aftermath than the attack itself.
Ricketts says the nation “heroically responded” as Americans in Hawaii “bravely tended to the wounded and salvaged damage ships while Pearl Harbor inspired the country, which “came together as one to wage and win the Second World War.”