Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor - KMSP-TV

Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor

Posted: Updated:

December 7th, 1941 was a day which will live in infamy.

Seventy-two years ago, on a quiet Sunday morning, there was suddenly a surprise attack on American soil.

Japanese bombers launched a massive air strike on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base plunging America into World War II.

Over 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack.

“It was a day of gallantry and unquestionable heroism even as it was a day of sacrifice and loss," one veteran said.

Thousands gathered in Hawaii for a ceremony overlooking a memorial to the USS Arizona battleship...

About seventy World War II veterans and survivors of the attack also attended the morning service.

In Washington DC, veterans and servicemen alike were laying wreaths in front of the World War II memorial on the National Mall. They paid tribute to those lost in the war, but also reminded us of a more unified nation coming forth after years of turmoil.

One survivor of the attack said "America passed through the veil of smoke and flames and emerged on the other side a stronger nation."

Another veteran said words will never suffice in honoring those who perished collectively and individually.

More ceremonies took place across the country, including one at the Intrepid Museum in NYC with survivors laying a wreath in the Hudson River.

They were all honoring ‘the greatest generation’ who saw America through its darkest days.

  • MilitaryMore>>

  • Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts

    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:17:48 GMT
    White House imageWhite House image
    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Eagle: 'America's Tall Ship'

    Coast Guard Cutter Eagle: 'America's Tall Ship'

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:22:04 GMT
    The boatswain's pipe aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle rendered honors, Friday, not for Fox 5 but for some more dignified individual who'd just climbed aboard one of the very few active square riggers still in U.S. government service. Riveted together in Hamburg, Germany, for the German Navy, the Eagle earned its American citizenship when the United States seized it after World War II.
    The boatswain's pipe aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle rendered honors, Friday, not for Fox 5 but for some more dignified individual who'd just climbed aboard one of the very few active square riggers still in U.S. government service. Riveted together in Hamburg, Germany, for the German Navy, the Eagle earned its American citizenship when the United States seized it after World War II.
  • Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices