On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked our forces in Pearl Harbor and elsewhere in Hawaii, killing 2,403 service members and civilians, forcing the United States to declare war on World War II. It was a day that still lives on after 80 years.
80th Pearl Harbor Day:
Navy veteran Bill Behrer prepares to lay his wreath in the Ohio River on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at the end of the taps during the American Legion Post 534’s “Flower Wreath on the Ohio River.” The ceremony began with the flag’s retirement ceremony. The post continued into the Cincinnati Riverfront neighborhood and then to Anderson Ferry, where flower wreaths were laid on the Ohio River to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day.
Pearl Harbor Day should remind us that our country has had some dark days before, but when we band together we can do the impossible! Another lesson from the Greatest Generation.
According to historians, the attack on December 7, 1941, shook a country that was so focused on World War II in Europe that it lost the threat posed by Japan.
The attack killed 2,390 Americans, and the next day the United States declared war on Japan.
On a rainy Monday evening, a memorial service was held in Pearl Harbor in honor of the 58 soldiers who died aboard the USS Utah, the first ship to be killed in the attack.
“On the morning of December 7, 1941, in the first minutes of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Utah was hit by two torpedoes, causing severe flooding,” said U.S. Navy Commander Jason Adams.
Adams quoted Peter Tomich, the ship’s chief water tender, as saying, “Chief Tomich stayed in the engine room, keeping the boiler as stable as possible, allowing his sailors to disembark. Utah reached 58 in 12 minutes. Killed people. ” Tomich died on the ship.
Members of the U.S. Navy, veterans, friends and family stood as the names of the dead were read, each with a bell ringing. The bugle call “tapes” was then played on a tray near the sinking site.
Many other memorials will be organized by the National Park Service and the US Navy to mark the day.