House adopts resolution for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted H.R. 558, introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.
The resolution declares Dec. 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania.
“On a serene morning some 72 years ago, more than 2,000 American citizens were killed and more than 1,000 were injured, in addition to the battleships and aircraft lost in the Pacific region, when the United States was attacked on December 7, 1941. As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated in his public address to the nation on December 8, 1941, ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy…’
“Our response to the attack on Pearl Harbor is a shining example of strength and courage of the citizens of the United States. Lest we never forget those who sacrificed for our freedoms,” Rep. Readshaw said.
On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the more than 3,500 Americans killed or wounded when the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, was attacked at 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, and pay tribute to the heroes whose courage ensured our nation would recover from this vicious blow Mr. Readshaw said.
He added, “the tenacity of those individuals helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II. As a nation, we should look to Dec. 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by those who served on the home front and the battlefield and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms.”