Today marks the 71st anniversary of the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese bombed Hawaiian territory, Pearl Harbor. During the attack, the Japanese dropped bombs and sent torpedoes into the Pearl Harbor naval base. All eight of the battleships stationed in Pearl Harbor were damaged and 4 of them were sunk.
The attack shocked the American people and the American people declared war on Japan the following day, leading directly into World War II. In conjunction, Germany and Italy also declared war on the U.S. and we reciprocated.
Since Pearl Harbor was so long ago, the number of survivors is dwindling. For the first time in Wichita, there will be no large-scale recognition of the survivors and the attack on Pearl Harbor. There will be a few celebrations to honor the few Pearl Harbor survivors in Wichita. Two will be recognized at the Wichita Thunder game tonight, and on December 28th the Thunder and the Kansas Honor Flight Program will team up for a fundraiser to send World War II veterans to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Many young people aren’t familiar with the huge impact the attack on Pearl Harbor had on the United States and the repercussions that followed. The attack was the single event that triggered the U.S. to declare war on Japan and begin World War II.
Take some time today to think about those involved, or learn more about it if you are not familiar with it. Read more about this day in 1941 by clicking here.