Remembering Pearl Harbor, 76 years later


By the time the U.S. Secretary of State received the intercepted message, the Pearl Harbor attack was well underway.

And others noticed that President Donald Trump had a minor mistake in a tweet he also composed in honor of the day. Much previous years, the ceremony will begin at the chapel on base and conclude with wreath-laying at the Pearl Harbor memorial.

In the days following, a stunned nation tried to grasp the enormity of the loss of 2,500 lives, with 21 American ships and 300 airplanes destroyed or damaged. When asking Congress for a Declaration of War, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called the attack "a date which will live in infamy". It was the greatest loss of life ever in an attack on a U.S. warship, the National Park Service says.

America pauses Thursday to remember the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into World War II. "11/7/1941 Thank you to all military for your courage and sacrifice!"