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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Category: Holidays in America - Date: (22-02-2012, 13:19)
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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Friday, December 7, 2012

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

      On December, 7th the United States recollect the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor base in 1941 - the event that triggered the U.S. entry into World War II. By a special decree President Obama declared this day a national day of remembrance. Today, the country is honoring the victims of World War II, flags at half-mast. There are mourning ceremonies, marches, patriotic actions with brass bands everywhere.

      During the Second World War, on December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor, the largest naval base in the U.S. Pacific, located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, was suddenly attacked by the Japanese army. During the two hours attack a major part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet was destroyed.

      The attack followed the U.S. imposed oil embargo of Japan. Besides, the assets and the migration of the Japanese nationals to the United States were suspended.

      The attack became known as the Hawaiian operation. As a result, 4 battleships, a cruiser, 2 destroyers, several auxiliary ships and 188 aircraft were destroyed. Another 4 battleships, 3 light cruisers, a destroyer, two auxiliary vessels and over 100 planes were damaged.Americans lives lost at Pearl Harbor amounted to more than 3500 people.

      The Japanese lost 29 aircraft and six submarines; over 70 aircraft were damaged. 64 people were killed and one man was captured.

      Because of the attack, and in particular because of its sudden nature, the public opinion in the U.S. saw a drastic change from isolationistic in the mid-1930s to direct involvement in hostilities.

      On December 8, the U.S., UK, Canada and a number of other countries declared war on Japan.

      U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “Pearl Harbor a day that will live in infamy” The slogan "Remember Pearl Harbor" was leading Americans in the war against Japan.

      According to experts, the U.S. lost 418 000 people in World War II.

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