Sunday, December 07, 2008
"DECEMBER 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy- the UnitedStates of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval andair forces of the Empire of Japan."
Thus spoke President Franklin D. Roosevelt following the attack onPearl Harbor by over 350 Japanese aircraft.
Five American battleships and three destroyers were sunk, 400 planeswere destroyed and over 4000 were killed or wounded.
President Roosevelt concluded: "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditatedinvasion, the American people in their righteous might, will winthrough to absolute victory...We will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make itvery certain that this form of treachery shall never again endangerus."
FDR continued: "Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people,our territory, and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces- with the unboundingdetermination of our people- we will gain the inevitable triumph- so help us God."