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The National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, or Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, is the annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. This attack led to the Americans joining World War II.
See the fact file below for more information about Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or alternatively you can download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Army attacked the American Army and Naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attack from the Japanese resulted in more than 2000 deaths and 1000 injured American servicemen and civilians.
- Nearly 200 American aircrafts and numerous battleships stationed in the Pacific were also destroyed.
- The day after the attack, U.S President Franklin Roosevelt declared war against Japan and in doing so entered World War II. In his speech to Congress, President Roosevelt stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy.”
- The Second World War, or WWII, was the deadliest war in history. It involved more than 30 countries that were either members of the Allied or Axis Powers. WWII started when Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland in 1939.
- The chief members of the Allied Powers included Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, the United States and China while the Axis Powers coalition was led by Germany, Italy and Japan.
- Shortly after, Germany declared war against the United States. American soldiers were guided by the slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” through to the end of the war in 1945.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Observations:
- In 1962, the USS Arizona Memorial was built in honor of the 102 sailors and marines who died on the USS Arizona during the attack.
- In 1972, a memorial on the northwest shore of Ford Island was built to honor the crew of USS Utah.
- By 1989, it was declared one of the National Historic Landmarks by the National Register of Historic Places. Furthermore, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park and Pacific Aviation Museum were also established.
- On November 5, 1990, the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal was released. In commemoration of the 50th year anniversary of the attack, US Armed Forces veterans and civilians who served during the attack were all eligible for medals.
- On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress named December 7 of each year as the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
- The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not a federal holiday however organizations and civilians may hold events honoring those who were killed and injured during the attack.
- On the day of remembrance, all American flags should be displayed on all American homes and government offices at half-mast.
- Special services such as wreath laying ceremonies, keynote speeches, luncheons and school activities are held.
- A number of films were inspired by the attack on Pearl Harbor such as Pearl Harbor (2001), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Empire of the Sun (1987), The Longest Day (1962) and the Pianist (2002).
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about The National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, or Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is the annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. This attack led to the Americans joining World War II.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Facts
- The Day of Infamy
- World War Powers
- War Leaders
- Mapping Pearl Harbor
- War Glossary
- Pearl Harbor Attack!
- Story of Survival
- Pearl Harbor in Numbers
- Photo Call
- In Memoriam
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