Seventy-Five years ago on December 8, 1941 the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt took form and sang a song of shock and determination around the world. This response to the act of war Japan took towards the United States and it’s allies territories in the Pacific was a precursor to the United States commitment in WWII.
On December 7, 1941 Japan’s forces attacked Hawaii killing nearly 2,500 soldiers and civilians within a short period of 90 minutes. By the end of the war that figure would increase more than 100 fold to just under 500,000 or one-half of one percent of the United States population.
For the United States this was a moment in history that had very little reflection or debate. The country came together and supported the effort 99.9%.
This act of aggression, this day of infamy was just the beginning.