Eighty years ago, on the morning of December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m., America found herself suddenly under attack. A devastating surprise raid by Japanese aircraft on our fleet at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor sank several massive warships, damaged many others, and destroyed numerous aircrafts. The most tragic loss, however, was in life. The attack resulted in the deaths of a staggering 2,403 Americans.
After the initial shock, Americans found themselves facing several decisions of profound significance… decisions that would shape the character of our nation and leave lessons for us today.