(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) — Ceremonies will be held in Hawaii on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. Navy came under attack by Japan at the naval base — a sudden strike that catapulted the United States into WWII.
Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day “a date that will live in infamy,” and vowed that “no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people with their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.”
In all, more than 2,400 American lives were lost, along with numerous battleships and aircraft.
A moment of silence will be held in Pearl Harbor on Friday at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time — the time the attack began.
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