The Pearl Harbor National Remembrance Day is an annual commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attack on Hawaii on December 7, 1941. This attack on Pearl Harbor led the Americans to join World War II. Read on to uncover more historical facts that lead to Pearl Harbor Day.
Top 10 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Facts
- Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This harbor was obtained by the United States in 1875. The name Pearl Harbor came from the pearl oysters that were once harvested from this island.
- Pearl Harbor consists of the top five historic sites that honor past events. They are USS Arizona Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
- Around 7.45 AM on the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the United States Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
- Japanese aircraft were launched from the Japanese fleet that consists of 65 ships, 4 heavy aircraft carriers, 2 heavy cruisers, 35 submarines, 2 light cruisers, 9 oilers, 2 battleships, 11 destroyers, 353 Aircraft, 40 torpedo planes, 103 level bombers, 131 dive-bombers, 79 fighters.
- During this attack, around 188 United States aircraft were damaged and over 2000 Americans were killed and 1000 were wounded.
- During this surprise attack on ‘Battleship Row’ on December 7th, both Arizona and Oklahoma were heavily damaged by bombs or torpedo hits. Three more battleships – the California, West Virginia, and Nevada were also sunk upright in the shallow water of the harbor.
- This attack led the United States to declare war on Japan that made entry into World War II that led to the drop of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Japan.
- Three days after the attack Japan’s allies – Germany and Italy were also involved and declared war against the United States.
- This Pearl Harbor attack has been recorded as one of the deadliest attacks in the United States’ history, which led to the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day which will be remembered forever in the course of history.
- On every Pearl Harbor National Memorial Day, the American flag will be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died on the Pearl Harbor Attack in Hawaii.