Today, December 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day. On this date in 1941 Japan attacked the United States Navy fleet lying at anchor in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt went to the Congress the day after the attack to ask for a declaration of war. In his remarks to the members of Congress he called December 7 “a day that will live in infamy.” Congress passed the resolution of war, and three days later Germany and Italy (Japan’s axis partners) declared war against the United States. After years of isolationism, America fully committed itself to participate in World War II.
This largest of world wars deserves the study and understanding by all
citizens of a free world. The war had a significant personal influence on my
life as a young boy, and its aftermath impacted my military service and
civilian employment as I matured.
Today, December 7, is a good day for middle-grade students to commence or
continue their study of World War II. They live in a world created by the
results of that mammoth conflict.