President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it as “a day which will live in infamy”. Today, December 7, 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when it was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The aerial attacks were carried out by 353 Japanese fighters, and killed 2,402 Americans. This fateful day marked the entrance of the United States into World War II and one of the darkest days in American history.
President Barack Obama hailed veterans of the bombing in a statement proclaiming Wednesday “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”
“Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II. As a nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms,” he said.
To read more about this infamous day, check out the article on WRAL.com.