The latest from Chaplain Allen:
A Pearl Harbor
Today I would like to ask you to join me in a moment of remembrance. It was early morning 81 years ago this date, many Chaplains and their assistances were preparing for Sunday morning worship services when the bombs fell upon Pearl Harbor. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. On this day, America tragically lost 2,008 sailors, 109 Marines, 218 soldiers, 238 Airmen and 68 civilians without warning, and another 1,000 people were wounded. They were assigned on Oahu – at Hickam Field, Wheeler Field, and Bellows Field, as well as defense and radar sites on the island. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.
AMVETS National Chaplain & USMC Veteran
'A Date Which Will Live in Infamy'
President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress on December 8, the day after the crushing attack on Pearl Harbor.
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
He went on to say, “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.”
Thinking back on that day, I can not imagine how those men, women and children must have felt as their homes were being attacked from above. Some ran to find cover, and for some no cover was found. Many families will mourn the loss of friends and loved ones, some individuals will recall that day as if it were yesterday. Whether you are a person of faith or not I would like to ask you to take a moment in your day to reflect upon our brave service members and their families as we observe the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the AMVETS Family solemnly honors the men and women who died in the devastating attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor Day Prayer
Heavenly Father, we are gathered here to commemorate those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Let us always honor the memory of the brave men and women who sacrificed so that we may experience freedom in a Country that is free. Let us be reminded of life, liberty, justice, freedom and democracy that we may be ever grateful to You and those veterans who gave so much for their Country. We ask Your blessing upon us this day and grant unto us Your continued fellowship that makes abiding peace. Amen.