December 7, 2021
“…[A] date that will live in infamy.” These are the immortal words spoken by President Roosevelt during his speech to Congress after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941—a horrific event that forced the United States of America into the Second World War.
More than 2,400 service members and civilians were killed that day with another 1,178 people injured. Eight out of the 18 naval ships docked at the harbor were either damaged or sunk. To this day, two ships lay sleeping in the harbor, the Arizona and USS Utah. Its men are considered “buried at sea.”
This year commemorates the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Survivors, veterans, and people from all over the world come together to honor and remember the tragedy. The theme for the 2021 Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade is “remembering our past while celebrating that once bitter enemies can become friends and allies,” highlighting the importance of peace.
Interested in learning more about Pearl Harbor? To get you started, here are a few picks for the entire family. Check out these and more from your local branch.
- Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson
- Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War by Steven M. Gillon
- Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey
- I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis
- The Attack on Pearl Harbor, An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur
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