December 7th marks the anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, drawing the United States into the throes of World War II. Just as the current generation will always remember where they were when the World Trade Center was hit by the first plane, Americans of the WWII generation remember what they were doing the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. Many of us are too young to remember Pearl Harbor, but the thousands of lives lost left Americans in the same shared state of shock, horror, fear and grief that we felt on 9/11.
Americans looked to President Roosevelt, as he declared the day in December as a day that would live in infamy, promising retaliation and retribution against the enemy. Today we pause to remember all veterans who took the oath to protect American soil—past, present and future.