December 7, 1941, started out like many other Sundays for the military personnel stationed at Pearl Harbor. People waking up, eating breakfast, getting ready to enjoy another gorgeous Hawaiian day.
However, at 7:44 a.m., their lives, and the lives of many others would never be the same. For at that very moment, hundreds of Japanese aircraft appeared in the sky over Pearl Harbor and started their surprise attack.
Over the next 110 minutes, the Japanese attackers killed more than 2,400 American servicemen and wounded over 1,100 more. They also crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet by sinking five of the eight battleships and damaging virtually all the Navy ships that were in port that day. They also managed to destroy 188 U.S. aircraft and damage an additional 159.
Of the battleships that were hit, the USS Arizona was the greatest loss. It was struck a number of times by bombs. One of these bombs, thought to have hit the area where the ammunition was stored, caused a massive explosion, which quickly sank her. Approximately 1,100 of her crew were killed in this attack. A memorial has since been placed over the Arizona’s wreckage.
The memorial was dedicated in 1962. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. The USS Arizona Memorial has come to commemorate all military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. To this day, oil can still be seen rising from the wreckage to the surface of the water. It is sometimes referred to as “the tears of the Arizona” or “black tears.”
This attack was supposed to deter the United States from entering World War II; however, it had quite the opposite effect. By the very next day, war had been declared.
World War II went on to become the most widespread and deadly conflict in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million deaths. The United States lost over 418,000 of her citizens in this war.
So, today we want to pause and remember this day of infamy, and to honor all Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in defense of our country.
We so highly value these Gold Star families that Garden Harvest Supply has partnered with the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation in their cause to erect memorials to Gold Star families in all 50 states. Here is how we are contributing: Gold-Star-Family
Let us never forget that our freedom has come at a great price!
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