National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
The day of infamy, December 7, 1941
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 infamous surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 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.
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.
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 with the attack on Pearl Harbor teaching guide.
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