Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the famous “Infamy Speech” on December 8, 1941. This speech was made in response to the bombings which took place at the Pearl Harbor naval base. The Japanese bombed the Americans and this event caused the United States to enter World War II. As of 2017, it has been 76 years since this event took place. It was a defining moment in American history. This event also helped to change the course of the world.
Throughout the years, many military, historical and civilian organizations have ceremonies to honor the fallen American heroes of Pearl Harbor. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., makes it a point to remember Pearl Harbor and the events that have taken place on that important day. A wreath laying ceremony typically takes place at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue NW on December 7.
A color guard is present at the event and they salute the former sailors of Pearl Harbor. A huge wreath is laid atop the Navy Memorial’s granite sea map. There were also speakers such as the 96-year-old Capt. Kaufman who witnessed the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. He was just 24–years–old at the time.
The events of Pearl Harbor cannot be forgotten and many former sailors from the past will not let this day fade away. This event was extremely important at the time. This event helped America to realize that they could no longer stay out of military conflicts that took place around the world.
The Pearl Harbor naval base also has its own Pearl Harbor ceremonies that take place every year. Like Captain Kaufman, there still are some people from this era who witnessed this event. Pearl Harbor will live in on as a date in infamy, but it will always be remembered by faithful and patriotic Americans. You can find out more about this story in the Washington Times.