Monday, December 7, 2009

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

The Refounding Father Remembers: Pearl Harbor

My Fellow Americans,

President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke those words 68 years ago on December 8, 1941. 

On the previous day, December 7, 1941, more than 2,000 Americans were killed and another 1,000 injured when the Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii (read more here and here).  Canada responded later that day by declaring war on Japan. The following day on December 8, the United States and United Kingdom also declared war on Japan. In response on December 11, Japan's ally, Germany, declared war on the United States (read more here).

On this December 7th, we remember those who lost their lives that day defending our freedom and serving the United States of America.  We also remember the men and women across the globe who protect us everyday and battle our enemies at home and abroad.

If you see a soldier today (or any day for that matter) thank them for their service.  If they are with family and friends, make sure to thank them too.  The dedication of a soldier's family and friends is just as important as that of the individual fighting for our country. 

Never forget that.

"As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . ." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941.  (Read more here).

May God Bless the United States of America.

- The Refounding Father

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