Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day of 2019. It marks the 78th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack from 360 Japanese warplanes happened early in the morning on Sunday, December 7, 1941.
The United States Pacific military fleet took a huge hit: They lost five of its eight battle ships, three destroyers, and seven other ships, as well as more than 200 aircraft.
A huge number (2403) of American lives were lost and over 1200 wounded that morning. To put it into perspective, a total 2977 lives were lost in all the 9/11 attacks.
I had the honor and privilege to visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial site this past fall, and I am forever changed. On this day, flags fly at half-staff to honor those lost in the horrific attack. Also, take a moment to pause, and remember those who were lost this day 78. And remember how important National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is.