Today marks the 74th anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, and more than a thousand people were wounded.
The U.S. lost half of its fleet stationed off of Oahu in Hawaii, and all eight battleships were either damaged or destroyed. Congress immediately declared war on Japan, and Nazi Germany responded by aligning with their allies and declaring war on the United States.
Today, the Chattahoochee Valley remembers those lost 74 years ago, December 7th, 1941. The Chattahoochee Valley Veterans Council sponsored their seventh straight Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day program. Hawaiian dancers and a President Franklin D. Roosevelt reenactor set the scene. God Bless America was even sung after Roosevelt’s famous “Day that will live in infamy” speech.
For the chairman of the Chattahoochee Valley Veterans Council, Sam Nelson, he believes Pearl Harbor is still fresh in many minds.
“It means never let it happen again,” the retired Lt. Col. with the U.S. Army said when asked what Pearl Harbor meant to him. “Be vigilant, be ready. But the big thing was what happened on December 8th when the president spoke, and he asked for victory.”
Nelson agrees that the infamous day forever changed the course of American history, essentially anointing the United States into a world superpower overnight.