On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On November 29, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation declaring December 7, 1994, the first National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the United States at Naval Station Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii, killing 2,403 Americans and injuring 1,178 others. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four others. It also damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged.
“December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously proclaimed.
The strike signaled the entry of the United States into World War II.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the unexpected attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during #WWII. Today, we reflect and remember the many service members and civilians who lost their lives or were injured on this tragic day in American history. pic.twitter.com/JkM5GFsgLz
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) December 7, 2022
On this day, 81 years ago, our Nation was attacked at Pearl Harbor.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it "a date which will live in infamy.”
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) December 7, 2022