Pearl Harbor attack recalled 72 years after 'day of infamy'
By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC News
72 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor that pulled the United
States into World War II, numerous states and organizations are
commemorating the "day which will live in infamy."
More than 2,400
American troops died in the early hours of Dec. 7, 1941 after the
Imperial Japanese Navy swarmed on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, hurtling
the U.S. into the war.
On Friday, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie
and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell lead a day of remembrance at the USS
Arizona Memorial center near the site of the initial attack.
Freedom Bell in Washington, D.C. -- cast in bronze with metal from the
World Trade Center -- rang in honor of those who served in the armed
forces, NBC affiliate KHNL reports. Skydivers also unfurled American Flags over Pearl Harbor.
Saturday, the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va., will host Pearl
Harbor Remembrance Day with speakers and a laying of a wreath in honor
of the fallen members of the military as well as civilians killed.
In Little Rock, Ark., bad weather forced the cancellation of ceremonies scheduled there for Saturday.
after the attack in 1941, then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt
addressed the American populace and referred to the day's events as a
"Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 -- a day 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," said
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