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Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor

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December 7th, 1941 was a day which will live in infamy.

Seventy-two years ago, on a quiet Sunday morning, there was suddenly a surprise attack on American soil.

Japanese bombers launched a massive air strike on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base plunging America into World War II.

Over 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack.

“It was a day of gallantry and unquestionable heroism even as it was a day of sacrifice and loss," one veteran said.

Thousands gathered in Hawaii for a ceremony overlooking a memorial to the USS Arizona battleship...

About seventy World War II veterans and survivors of the attack also attended the morning service.

In Washington DC, veterans and servicemen alike were laying wreaths in front of the World War II memorial on the National Mall. They paid tribute to those lost in the war, but also reminded us of a more unified nation coming forth after years of turmoil.

One survivor of the attack said "America passed through the veil of smoke and flames and emerged on the other side a stronger nation."

Another veteran said words will never suffice in honoring those who perished collectively and individually.

More ceremonies took place across the country, including one at the Intrepid Museum in NYC with survivors laying a wreath in the Hudson River.

They were all honoring ‘the greatest generation’ who saw America through its darkest days.

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