“December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy.” National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is today, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Pearl Harbor Day is a day to honor all those who died (2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded) in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The Flag of the United States is also flown at half-staff until sunset in honor of those who died in the attack. As horrific as it was, Pearl Harbor Day is not considered a federal holiday. Life goes on as usual in government offices, schools, and businesses. There are however, a number of local Rhode Island events happening today to remember those killed or injured in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
RHODE ISLAND HONORS PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS
Locally here in the Providence, Rhode Island area, state legislators, the Rhode Island World War II Commission, and the Rhode Island Veterans Council, will honor surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor today, December 7, 2011. The event will be held at 1:30pm in the House chamber on the second floor of the State House. Speaker Gordon D. Fox is expected to attend.
According to The State of Rhode Island General Assembly website,
Six surviving Rhode Islanders who were veterans of Pearl Harbor will be honored during the ceremony: Gilbert J. Hawkins of East Greenwich, Ralph N. Churchwell of Portsmouth, Daniel Hunter of Cumberland, Wilmer Stevens of Wakefield, Bernard Creswick of Warwick and Raymond J. Haerry Sr, a U.S.S. Arizona survivor, of East Greenwich.
PEARL HARBOR DAY QUOTES
To the Congress of the United States by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
“Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.” – Hillary Clinton
“We’re in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.” – Ronald Reagan
“Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.” – Michael Bay
“My husband is from Hawaii and his father who was also born in Hawaii was a teenager when Pearl Harbor happened, right before church and he ran up and got on the roof of his grandfather’s house and watched the planes go over.” – Sigourney Weaver
“Our military thought that they couldn’t get to Pearl Harbor, that it was too long a journey from Japan to get there, and they proved us wrong.” – Jerry Bruckheimer
“Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation’s history and the world’s future.” – Joe Baca
“The parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor are striking. In each instance there were warning signs before the attack, and in each instance our government failed to connect the dots.” – Diane Watson
“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!” – Lieutenant Howell Maurice Forgy, USN
Sources: www.brainyquote.com; www.history.navy.mil; www.projo.com; wikipedia.org
Photo: PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (April 9, 2007) – Sailors manning the rails render honors as they pass the USS Arizona Memorial while entering Pearl Harbor aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan pulled into Pearl Harbor for a scheduled port visit to the Aloha State. Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently completing a surge deployment in support of operations in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joe Painter. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain