"Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."
With these words, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially notified Congress of the attack 70 years ago today on Pearl Harbor. He subsequently asked for a declaration of war and the United States, which had managed to remain aloof from bloody conflicts embroiling the rest of the planet, became the last major power to join World War II.
Our country limped into the conflict from the Great Depression as one of many powerful — though economically afflicted — nations. It would emerge as the pre-eminent power on earth.
Veterans of the conflict, hardened by both battle and home front hardship, are fewer among the ranks of the living with each passing day. On this solemn anniversary, it is most appropriate to pause and reflect on what was accomplished by our admirable ancestors.
From them we can certainly draw the strength to deal with the problems we face today. We are, after all, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in whom their spark lives.