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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Special Interest
A date that will live in infamy!

When: December 7th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Watch Pearl Harbor movie or WW2 movies that cover the event.  Attending a wreath laying or ceremony to commemorate those that lost their lives on that day.

Numbers

It's estimated that the attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m with 11 ships and 188 planes destroyed.

Description

Early in the morning on December 7th 1941, and without warning, about 400 Japanese bombers from the Imperial Japanese Air Service, approached the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory and started attacking with bombing raids on U.S. Ships. Most sailors were still sleeping or eating breakfast at the start of the attack.  At the time and fortunately for the U.S. naval forces, the aircraft carriers and prime targets of the Japanese were not present, however all the battleships save one were lined up in port.  During the attack 2343 servicemen and civilians were killed. Because of the distance and rough weather of the Pacific seas, it was believed by the U.S that the Japanese would never try an attack of this size with as many aircraft and was not prepared. Within hours of the attack Canada was the first western nation to declare war on Japan and the next day President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war and entered the U.S. into WW2 with his famous "A day in infamy" speech.    

Interesting Facts

  1. The Japanese military had to travel about 3,400 miles across the Pacific to attack Pearl Harbor.
  2. The Japanese A6M Zero planes that attacked Pearl Harbor were made by the Mitsubishi Aircraft Company.
  3. The Hinomaru or “circle of the sun” emblem found on the main wings and fuselage helped allied forces identify the enemy aircraft, and also led to the slang terms "Meatball" and "Zero" to describe the planes.
  4. Only five U.S. Air Force pilots were able to get their aircraft airborne during the attack on Pearl Harbor and engage the Japanese.
  5. It took only 14 minutes after the bombing began to sink the USS Arizona.
     

Information

Observed:
  • December 7th
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