"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."
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"I believe that 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 it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
"Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
"With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounding determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The White House
December 8, 1941
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Pearl Harbor casualties: 2,402
9/11 casualties: 2,948
Truly the Greatest Generation!