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Today we commemorate  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. During the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy, over 2,400 American serviceman and 68 civilians were killed and over a thousand more were injured. A lost large proportion of battle ships and nearly 200 aircraft that were stationed in the Pacific region were also lost.

The Japanese military had hoped that the attack on Pearl Harbor would prevent the United States of America from increasing her influence in the Pacific. However, the events in Pearl Harbor actually led to the escalation of World War II. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and so entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt in a speech to Congress stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy”. Shortly afterwards, Germany also declared war on the United States. In the months that followed the attack, the slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” swept the United States and radio stations repeatedly played a song of the same name.


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Today, we observe Veterans Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. 

Take some time out of your day today to give thanks to all the veterans who have severed and are currently serving our country!

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