Every year on December 7, the United States observes National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also known as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans who lost their lives in the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan and subsequently entered World War II.
The American flag should be flown at half-staff on Pearl Harbor Day until the sun sets in memory of those who lost their lives as a result of the attack on American military personnel in Hawaii. The government doesn’t observe a holiday on Pearl Harbor Day thus, no businesses, schools, or offices are closed. Some businesses might host memorial activities.
Memorials for Pearl Harbor
MOUSES, USS at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1991)The Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal was authorized by Congress in 1990, just before the attack on Pearl Harbor’s 50th anniversary. The Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal, often known as this, was given to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who was in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and who took part in combat activities that day against the attack.
Additionally, those who perished or were hurt in the attack received a medal. A few years later, the statute was changed by Congress to enable anyone who was in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and was engaged in combat activities. to receive the prize against Japanese military troops attacking Hawaii. In both cases, the award had a deadline for submission and is no longer given out.
Five Details Regarding the Attack on Pearl Harbor:
- Less than two hours were spent on the attack. A Japanese attack on the United States was anticipated because tensions between the two countries had been growing for many years, but not at Pearl Harbor.
- The Japanese chose a Sunday morning to launch their attack on the American naval base because they thought the American troops would be less focused on their tasks and more relaxed.
- On the day of the strike, Doris Miller was a mess attendant on board the USS West Virginia.
- Miller assisted in moving the injured Captain Bennion after the first bombs hit the ship at Pearl Harbor in the early morning. Miller became the first Black man to receive a Navy commission in 1942, Cross.
- The attack prompted America to enter World War II.
How Is the Day of Pearl Harbor Observed?
The American flag is displayed until dusk at half-staff. People frequently pay homage to and mourn the lives lost by visiting historical places in and around the Pearl Harbor region. The USS Arizona Memorial, located near Pearl Harbor, honors the military soldiers who lost their lives in the attack. There is also the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, which is a fantastic resource for learning about the tragedy’s effects. Watching kid-friendly documentaries and reading books with survivor and eyewitness narratives are two ways that schools and homes commemorate Pearl Harbor. Children can learn about the background of one of the worst American catastrophes of the 20th century thanks to this.
The Purpose of The National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance
- It was the worst foreign country attack on American territory.
When Japan launched 350 warplanes in a surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor, the base of the Pacific Fleet, the United States and Japan were engaged in peace negotiations. Numerous people were killed or hurt, and 19 ships and 330 American aircraft were damaged or destroyed.
Japan’s plans for the Philippines, which was then a colony of the United States, provoked their attack on Pearl Harbor in an effort to destroy the Pacific Fleet and buy time for them to take what they called the Southern Resource Zone.
This strike dragged the United States into World War II.
Prior to that, the government’s primary isolationist stance was the US stopped us from joining World War II. With the attack, that attitude fell apart as the American people came together in a cry to war, which ultimately resulted in the Allies winning the conflict.
A day set aside to honor the military
This is an excellent moment to reflect on the struggles and tribulations that our service members face daily and around the globe. With hundreds of thousands of service members deployed to protect our nation and people around the world, the United States is in a position to act as the world’s police force. In your deeds and in your prayers, keep them in mind.