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"Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire."
 

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I was kind of miffed that Rosa Parks made the front page over this in my local paper... This should be on the front page <b>every</b> year on this day! Don't get me wrong, Rosa Parks did a great thing, but she sure as hell didn't die for it!

~Chuck
 

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My grandfather was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 1941, as was his family (I.E. My mother)

He had already served in the Navy and was back to civilian life working in the Sub yards when it happened. My grandmother took the family to safety, my grandfather went to the navy yards to help out. He also got some photos and old 8mm film of the attack. (Dec. 7 was thier anniversary and he was taking shots of his family prior to the attack) The pics were confiscated by the government.

Anyway, he never really talked about it until the last few years of his life. (he passed away in May of 04) When he arrived they put him to work trying to rescue the trapped crew members of the Oklahoma. He had some great stories. :usa: Following the attack he joined the Merchant Marine and served in the cargo vessels of the Pacific.
 

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:usa: God bless the men and women that give there life to keep us free :usa:
 

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BirdofPrey97 said:
:usa: Thank you to all who have served and to the those that are! :usa:

My rights and privilages are appreciated!!
well said and i too feel the same. i think this thread was a good idea.
on a side note my sister turned 21 today
 

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We were lucky enough to go to the USS Arizona Memorial in 1999. I thought it was just a big tourist trap thing
until we were waiting in line. Tours are given by Veterans. They gather the groups together before entering
the boat for the ride over and remind everybody that it should be treated as a cemetary, with respect and quiet
observance of the wreck beneath. We should all treat the day with the same respect. Thanks to our
armed forces!
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My grandfather was serving on the West Virginia. It took seven torpedos and two bombs. Sunk so fast it landed right on it's keel. Thankfully my grandfather was on land ordering supplies for the ship when the attack started. :usa:
 

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:usa: :ssalute: & a big thank you to those serving then and now!
 

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Yep I had my grandfathers American flag given to him by the Republican Task Force and that flew over the Capitol during Reagan's presidency flying all day yesterday
 

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pnyklr said:
Yep I had my grandfathers American flag given to him by the Republican Task Force and that flew over the Capitol during Reagan's presidency flying all day yesterday
that flag or at least another flag should be up everyday!
 
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