On December 7, 1941, the US was drawn into war. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack, and there were several events around the US. One, in Washington DC, had Adm. Howard speak.
”As the years stretch, the stories of every sailor, soldier, Marine, airman, nurse or citizen who was at Pearl Harbor grow more precious, and we use this anniversary to retell them,” U.S. Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of Naval Operations, told the 400 people gathered at the hallowed ground between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. “We understand that the collective toughness of the American people, our survival, and the eventual success of this country, is due to them.”
According to USA Today, “though more than 16,000,000 Americans served in the Second World War, only 1,711,000 are alive today, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Of those, an average of 555 pass away each day.”
We appreciate the sacrifice of those who serve to keep us free.