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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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The day of infamy

Pearl Harbor looking southwest-Oct41 by USN - Official U.S. Navy photograph 80-G-182874, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. Also U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.488.029.051.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

At 7:48 a.m., December 7, 1941, the first wave of Japanese planes initiated what would be 90 minutes of attacks on Pearl Harbor. The results were devastating; 3,581 American military personnel and civilians were killed or wounded, 14 American ships were sunk or destroyed, and 347 American and civilian aircraft were damaged or destroyed.

The aftermath

The infamous surprise attack ultimately prompted Canada and the United States to enter World War II on the side of the Allies. Several memorials exist to remember the day’s events and to honor the servicemen and civilians who were injured or lost their lives. The most notable is The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

USS Missouri watching over USS Arizona - Pearl Harbor by Justin Brockie from Wolcott, Connecticut, USA - USS Missouri, Pearl HarbourUploaded by Gonzo fan2007. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

Honoring the victims

While National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not a federal holiday, many organizations still recognize it as such, and most will memorialize the day by flying American flags at half-staff and visiting the resting places of service members.

US Navy 040120-N-0879R-009 Pearl Harbor survivor Bill Johnson stares at the list of names inscribed in the USS Arizona Memorial by U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist David Rush.

Attention teachers!

Scholastic.com provides a wealth of resources — including personal accounts, videos, and photos — to help vitalize the historic significance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to the students in your classroom! Begin the journey right here.

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