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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day [ nash-uh-nl purl hahr-ber ri-mem-bruhns dey ]

What is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day?

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is a US holiday observed in memory and commemoration of the more than 2,400 people who died in the attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii in 1941.

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor is considered a significant event in US history, one that led to the entry of the US into World War II. Many Americans remember the date of the event due to this significance. While the event is widely acknowledged in the US on its anniversary each year, the official name for the observance—National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—is not as well-known.

The day is often observed as a somber occasion to remember those who were killed in the attack and to honor US veterans who served during World War II. Flags are often flown at half-mast on the day.

🗓When is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day?

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed each year on December 7, the anniversary of the attack in 1941.

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International Day of Peace, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Where does National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day come from?

December 7 was officially declared as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day by US Congress in 1994. However, observance of the anniversary of the event began in the years after it happened. December 7, 1941, has become one of the most well-known dates in US history, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously calling it “a date which will live in infamy.”

Examples of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pause to honor the thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the attack on December 7, 1941. We will never forget their courage and sacrifice. Thank you to all who served and are serving now to protect our nation.
@SenateDems, December 7, 2020
Taylor is one of 16 veterans — all in their 90s — who will attend the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, the 80th anniversary of the attack on the United States military base.
Abigail Warren, Daily Memphian, November 28, 2021

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  • 2,403 people are believed to have died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, with more than 1,000 others injured.
  • Two Navy battleships—the USS Arizona and the USS Utah—were sunk in the attack, and 188 aircraft were destroyed.
  • A national memorial now stands at the site.

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