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Remembering the Pearl Harbor Attack 81 Years Later

December 7, 1941, “a day which will live in infamy.”

On this day, 81 years ago the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese Forces.

More than 2,400 service members and civilians died, and about 1,200 people were wounded.

The attack sank two naval ships, the U.S. Arizona and the U.S.S. Utah, and was the catalyst of U.S. involvement in World War II.

Of the 16 million who served in World War II, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data shows that 240,000 were alive as of August. Most who served are at least 100 this year.

“Keeping the memory alive so that our children growing up realize what your parents and grandparents and your all military people did to allow you to live in the best country in the world and keeping the average citizen of the country aware of the sacrifices that have went into our freedom,” Steve Huffman, a historian at the American Legion Post 473, says.

With so many who fought for our country gone, it’s important to remember the sacrifice they made for future generations.