December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E2491-E2492] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR ______ HON. STEVEN R. ROTHMAN of new jersey in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mr. ROTHMAN. Mr. Speaker, 62 years ago yesterday, our nation was suddenly attacked by the Imperial Japanese Naval Forces and drawn into World War II. This unprovoked act of war killed 2,338 military personnel and civilians, and wounded 1,178. The attacks sank or heavily damaged 21 ships and destroyed or damaged 323 aircraft. December 7, 1941 is a date which continues to live in infamy. Mr. Speaker, the brave servicemen and women who served that day are responsible for our presence here today. Sadly, on September 11, 2001, this nation tragically experienced another Pearl Harbor whereupon our nation again sacrificed innocent Americans who woke up that morning, entirely unaware that they would never see their loved ones again. During that most difficult time we drew strength and courage from those who served this great nation before and from the leaders who led this great nation through our darkest hours. On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation and declared, ``no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.'' These are words that ring true today. On a day when many Americans feared for our nation, FDR's words of confidence, determination, and purpose did indeed carry this nation to absolute victory. Those same words will carry this nation to absolute victory once again as our brave men and women of the armed services are stationed in and around Iraq and Afghanistan fighting to preserve our freedom, security and democracy. Like those who served before, we are forever grateful for their courageous and heroic acts and we will never forget their sacrifices. [[Page E2492]] On the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we must remember the difficult times our brave servicemen and women went through to defend our nation, and we mourn the deaths of the military personnel and civilians who died that day. Mr. Speaker, today we must ensure that our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren learn about the lives of our veterans, including those of the Greatest Generation who served in World War II. Our commitment to our veterans must remain strong because they are a symbol of the greatness of our country. President Kennedy once said that you can judge a nation not just by the people--the men and women--that it produces, but also by the people that a nation remembers. Today, Mr. Speaker, we remember true heroes. ____________________