December 7 1941: Pearl Harbor Remembered in Photos, Quotes [PHOTOS]

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    "December 7, 1941 [is] a date which will live in infamy," President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Congress following the attack by Japanese forces. "Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us." Reuters
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    "Hostilities exist," FDR told Congress. "There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger... No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory." Reuters
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    Vice Admiral William F. Bull, upon entering Pearl Harbor: "Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in Hell." Reuters
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    "Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death." - Winston Churchill on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. Reuters
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    Jerry Bruckheimer: “Our military thought that they couldn’t get to Pearl Harbor, that it was too long a journey from Japan to get there, and they proved us wrong.” REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
  • U.S. Servicemen Stand Near Airplane Wreckage on December 7, 1941
    "War declared by U.S.!" the North Platt Telegraph proclaimed on December 9, 1941. "Like a gunman who strikes in the night, shooting his victim in the back, Japan has struck the United States." 70 years later, the Telegraph interviewed WWII veteran Howard Gebhardt, who was in high school when the Japanese struck and was drafted soon after. "I passed through Pearl Harbor on my way to the South Pacific," Gebhardt said. "The wrecked ships were still lying all around. Nothing had been cleaned up." REUTERS/Handout
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor Shakes Hand of U.S. Marine
    Congressman Joseph "Joe" Baca on Pearl Harbor Day: "As costly as it was in the lives of our men and women in uniform, in military assets, and in esteem and pride, Pearl Harbor was a watershed moment for America." REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
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    "When we landed and we were in the old 1939 Chevy, they said Pearl Harbor had been attacked and our lives would never be the same, ever," veteran Paul Grassey told WTOC. "I was one of millions of young Americans who were really turned by patriotism and wanting to fight for their country." Reuters/Handout
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    "With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God." - President Franklin Roosevelt. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
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    "I'm not sure that it isn't time to let WWII become a memory, and move on," Gebhardt told the Telegraph. "There have always been wars and there will always be wars... We should honor those that fought, but to idealize war, I think is wrong." Reuters
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70 years ago day, Japanese forces attacked U.S. Naval base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Arguably one of the most tragic days in U.S. military history, veterans and U.S. citizens across America remember Pearl Harbor Day as one of the worst days in U.S. military history. 2,402 member of the U.S. armed forces were killed on Dec. 7, 1941, which President Roosevelt called a date which will live in infamy, and an additional 1,282 were wounded in the attacks.

Pearl Harbor Day is also remembered, however, as the beginning of U.S. involvement in World War II. Of the eight U.S. battleships damaged or destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attacks on Dec. 7, 1941, all but two were raised, repaired and utilized during WWII, battling Japanese forces from 1942 to 1945.

The U.S. Arizona, one of the battleships sunk during Pearl Harbor, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed during the Peal Harbor attacks. It is now a national memorial site and a National Historic Landmark.

As more and more WWII veterans pass away, the legacy of Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941 becomes more and more crucial.

From President Roosevelt's oft-quoted Pearl Harbor Speech to veterans' reflections on the Japanese attack, remember Pearl Harbor Day by reliving the attack through rare photos from Dec. 7, 1941 and pictures from the 70-year anniversary commemoration.

December 7, 1941 is indeed a date which will live in infamy. Honor the survivors of Pearl Harbor and the veterans of World War II by experiencing the attack once more, and the aftermath that changed U.S. history forever.

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