December 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec 7, 1941. Although National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not a public holiday, the American Flag should be flown at half-staff in front of homes, businesses, the White House, and all government buildings, as directed by the United States Congress.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

The U.S.S. Oklahoma capsizes in a photo taken during the attack on Pearl Harbor
The U.S.S. Oklahoma capsizes in a photo taken during the attack on Pearl Harbor

At 7:48 a.m. on December 7, 1941, the U.S. Naval base of Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese fighter planes. Subsequent attacks followed for more than 90 minutes. During these attacks, nearly 20 naval vessels were damaged or destroyed and over 300 airplanes were destroyed. 2,403 American service members and civilians died, while 1,000 more were wounded. The Japanese, however, did not attack vital targets like shipyards, oil storage, or repair facilities. American aircraft carriers stationed at Pearl Harbor were away from the base that day, rendering them safe from the attack.

On December 8, 1941, the day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7th, “A date which will live in infamy,” and asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

Honor and Remember

On August 23, 1994, December 7th was designated by the United States Congress as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. In honor and remembrance of those who were killed and wounded at Pearl Harbor, Americans should fly Outdoor American Flags and subordinate flags at half-staff from sunrise to sundown.

The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Wall
The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Wall

Attention Teachers! 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 with the attack on Pearl Harbor teaching guide.

Remember December 7!, by Allen Saalburg, poster issued in 1942 by the United States Office of War Information
"Remember December 7!" poster by Allen Saalburg, issued in 1942 by the United States Office of War Information

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    Went to Pearl Harbor last year. I want to give my deepest respect to the men and women who lost their lives on this day. Remember my fellow Americans when going here to remove your hats as a sign of respect. Remember always but never forgotten. GOD BLESS AMERICA ALWAYS…..

  • Donald B. Newton

    I would to express my deepest honor and respect on the 77th anniversary of The Attack on Pearl Harbor.To all those brave men and women who perish that day , you will never be forgotten.
    God Bless and God Bless America.

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