80th Anniversary Of The Attack On Pearl Harbor

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Tuesday, Dec. 7 marks 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The U.S. naval base was attacked by Japanese forces in 1941, killing more than 2,400 service members and civilians.

Nearly 1,200 more people were injured in the attack.

The attack started just before 8 a.m., sinking two massive naval ships – the U.S.S. Arizona and the U.S.S. Utah. It also destroyed almost 200 aircraft.

The attack marked the official start of U.S. involvement in World War II.

Just one day later, President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

In 1994, Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Every year, remembrance events are held at the Pearl Harbor national memorial, culminating in a commemoration ceremony.