Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    0 / -8   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

U.S. marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attacks

(Xinhua)

10:10, December 08, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government, military and veteran groups held a number of events Wednesday to remember 2,400 sailors and marines who perished exactly 70 years ago when the Japanese launched a sneak aerial attack on some 200 U. S. ships moored at Pearl Harbor, with president Barak Obama hailing survivors for their tenacity.

Three thousand participants, including some 120 veterans who survived the early morning attack on a fleet of U.S. warships, land bases and air strips by squadrons of Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes, observed a moment of silence at an event held at a visitor center run by the National Park Service.

Survivors who served aboard USS Arizona, USS Wheeler and other sunken ships were called to stand up to be recognized by servicemen and civilians who gathered on the lawn overlooking a white memorial built above the sunken USS Arizona to witness the solemn occasion.

The moment of silence was observed at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, exactly the time when Japanese bombs rained down on an unsuspecting U.S. Navy, sinking four battleships, along with three cruisers, three destroyers and two other types of ships. One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed. Casulties numbered 2,402, and 1,282 sailors and marines were wounded during the Dec. 7 1941 attack.

The then U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the day "a date which will live in infamy," and declared war against Japan on the following day.

Proclaiming Wednesday as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, U.S. President Obama praised veterans, saying: "Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II."

【1】 【2】 【3】


 
 
 
 
We Recommend
 
 
 

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:雪萌)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Santa Claus is coming to town

  2. CPC official visits community service center

  3. Helping poor kids realize their dreams

  4. You'd better run, run, run!

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Can US-Pakistan ties survive current crisis?
  2. China can play critical role in reshaping global order
  3. China's post-90s plays greater role in consumption
  4. Falling yuan funds make room for RRR adjustment
  5. Global chaos offers hints of new world order
  6. Playing the anti-China card
  7. Chinese wind power has great potential
  8. 'Diplomatic war' may escalate conflicts
  9. ASEAN benefits from China's WTO entry
  10. Chinese schools need to tune in and chill out

What's happening in China

Helping poor kids realize their dreams

  1. Beijing most expensive city in country
  2. China to adopt a tighter air quality index
  3. 11 students injured in S China school bus crash
  4. BJ-SH high rail suspended for malfunction
  5. Drunk driving accidents in China decrease sharply

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance