Friday, December 7, 2007

66 years ago

7:53 am on December 7, 1941. The attack lasted just two hours and 2 minutes, 2,403 lives were lost.

The following is an excerpt of the speech President Franklin Roosevelt gave to the American people the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Words of determination that were spoken in another time about another war but should be remembered today.

"As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

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. "

- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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