Simply stated at the Utica, NY Observer-Dispatch:
Seventy-one years ago today — Dec. 7, 1941 — a sneak attack by Japan laid waste to the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. More than 2,400 people — most of them military personnel — were killed.
For nearly four long years, America was center stage in World War II.
Veterans of that war gather annually to remember Pearl Harbor, but with each passing year they are fewer and fewer in number.
Our nation, despite the blemishes, endures today because of what they did — on the battlefield and on the home front. The sacrifices were enormous.
And for that reason, we must never forget it.
Remember Pearl Harbor.