Americans Mark Pearl Harbor Day

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- It was a quiet Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Then, waves of Japanese planes dove from the sky in the sneak attack that brought the United States headlong into the second World War.

More than two thousand American military personnel would lose their lives in the minutes that followed.

A day later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went before a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war, calling December 7th "a date which will live in infamy."

Tuesday at Pearl Harbor, more than 120 survivors of the attack will gather to remember that fateful day.

And, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will continue for a while longer, after its members voted Monday to keep the 52-year-old group alive. In the beginning, there were some 1,800 members; now there only about 3,000 left.

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