Pearl Harbor Day – A national day of remembrance

Aerial view of the U.S. Naval Operating Base, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii (USA), looking southwest on 30 October 1941. Ford Island Naval Air Station is in the center, with the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard just beyond it, across the channel. The airfield in the upper left-center is the U.S. Army's Hickam Field.

Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, military and veterans across the United States pause to remember that day that will live in infamy.

It is a day to remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941 on Pearl Harbor. Another 1,178 people were injured in the attack. Two ships, the USS Arizona and the USS Utah, and 188 aircrafts were destroyed.

Though the number of survivors of the attack, 79 years ago, has dwindled drastically in the past few years, advocates, veterans and military units continue to remember and honor.