Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Quotes: 10 Sayings To Honor The Victims Of The Surprise Attack

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U.S. Navy battleship USS West Virginia burns and sinks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Reuters

The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred 76 years ago on December 7, 1941, and the “date which will live in infamy” is still impactful all these years later. On this morning on the southern coast of Oahu Island, Hawaii, the Pearl Harbor naval base was attacked by a surprise and vicious airstrike. Pearl Harbor served as the home for the United States impressive Pacific Fleet, which was decimated. Each year on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, veterans, families and U.S citizens gather together to remember and honor the 2,390 American lives that lost their lives. In celebration of this memorial day, Latin Times has collected 10 quotes regarding the tragic loss of lives at Pearl Harbor, and the impact of the attack.

“Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.”—Michael Bay

“My father pulled into Pearl Harbor four days after the bombing, and he said, everything was still burning. He said they never told the public how bad it was. It was really bad.”—John Lasseter

"Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in Hell."—William F. Halsey

“The lesson of Pearl Harbor ought never to be forgotten, and of course the motto that came from that, 69 years ago, the war which my dad fought, was 'Remember Pearl Harbor, never again.' We need to keep that to mind.”—Oliver North

“As costly as it was in the lives of our men and women in uniform, in military assets, and in esteem and pride, Pearl Harbor was a watershed moment for America.”—Joe Baca

“I think history is continuous. It doesn't begin or end on Pearl Harbor Day or the day Lyndon Johnson withdraws from the presidency or on 9/11. You have to learn from the past but not be imprisoned by it. You need to take counsel of history but never be imprisoned by it.”—Richard Holbrooke

“Can any of us even imagine, after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt suggesting we negotiate a resolution or that we could simply prosecute those involved? Of course it is unimaginable. We are right to be in the Middle East, and we are right to treat this as the war it is.”—Marsha Blackburn

“Pearl Harbor was the defining event in my life. It shaped who I am, and all of my hang-ups and my drives, I think, stem from that.”—David Suzuki

"To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all! Hitler's fate was sealed. Mussolini's fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder."—Winston Churchill

"The fate of the Empire rests on this enterprise. Every man must devote himself totally to the task in hand."— Isoroku Yamamoto

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.