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Pearl Harbor Day

Seventy years ago, the Japanese military launched a deadly attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i. More than 2400 people were killed, mostly sailors, but also a number of soldiers and Marines. The event catapulted the United States into the Pacific theater of World War Two. At Pearl Harbor, and around the nation, survivors, veterans and others gather to honor the dead.


Susan Walsh - Associated Press

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pauses before laying a wreath at the Navy Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


Marco Garcia - Associated Press

ORG XMIT: HIMG102 Pearl Harbor survivor Earl Smith is seen at the memorial ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the US into a war with Japan.


Marco Garcia - Associated Press

As sailors stand at attention, the USS Chung-Hoon sails past the USS Arizona Memorial during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the US into a war with Japan.


Marco Garcia - Associated Press

With the USS Arizona Memorial in the background, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Commander Seishi Goto reads a historical placard in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 - the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the U.S. into war with Japan.


Bebeto Mathews - Associated Press

Pearl Harbor survivors Robert Welkner, far left, Aaron Chabin, second from left, and John Jankowski, third from left, prepare to cast a wreath into the Hudson River in New York during a ceremony on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.


Marco Garcia - Associated Press

National Parks Service Historian John McCaskill, of Washington D.C., reacts to the national anthem during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the US into a war with Japan.

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