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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7 marks a great turning point in the history of our country.  More than 70 years ago, the Hawaiian military base of Pearl Harbor was blind-sighted by an attack from the Empire of Japan. This attack not only shook our nation as a whole, but launched the United States involvement in World War II.
 
In the years following the Attack on Pearl Harbor, our nation joined together fighting abroad and supporting the home front.  The years during and after the War were a monumental part of our nation's history.  In a statement from the White House in 2010 President Obama spoke of the great courage of the World War II generation saying, "They are members of that Greatest Generation who overcame the Depression, crossed oceans and stormed the beaches to defeat fascism, and turned adversaries into our closest allies. When the guns fell silent, they came home, went to school on the G.I. Bill, and built the largest middle class in history and the strongest economy in the world. They remind us that no challenge is too great when Americans stand as one."
 
The courage of that generation is undoubtedly something we will always look to for strength when dealing with today's trials and tribulations.  Now so many years later, we celebrate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to honor those who survived, and remember those who lost their lives in the attack.
 
View the slideshow above for the history of the holiday.
 
When celebrating Pearl Harbor Remembrance day, be sure you know How and When to Display the American Flag, and The American Flag: Do's and Don'ts.
 
Photo Credit: Marco Garcia, Getty Images

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