WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii:
“Seventy years ago, Japanese naval forces launched a surprise attack on our nation at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese attack on the American naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor and other nearby U.S. military installations was a shock to our nation and quickly propelled us into World War II. Our nation’s ‘Greatest Generation’ was called upon to defend our country, which they did with honor and bravery. It also taught us that we must always be strong to ensure that our enemies never question our strength or resolve.
“On December 7, 2011, we take time to honor the 2,300 Americans who perished that Sunday in Honolulu, and we remember the millions of Allied Forces who fearlessly and selflessly gave their lives to defend our way of life. We will never forget the sacrifices that were made during World War II, and the memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor inspires us to remain forever vigilant.
“On this 70th anniversary, we also take time to honor the brave men and women who currently serve in our Armed Forces. We thank them and their families, and pray for their safe return as they continue to serve in harm’s way.”