These words were first uttered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his radio address to the nation on December 8, 1941 at 12:30 pm. He was refering to the attack on the the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Empire of Japan that had happened just one day earlier.
Now, 68 years later, many don't even realize today is an important day in America's history. Whether you believe that U.S. Intelligence had prior knowledge of the attack or not, it is still a date that should be remembered for those that lost their lives and those that fought so hard to save the lives of their friends, co- workers, and loved ones.
Are school children still taught about this day? Or has it been sadly relegated to a blurb in a textbook along with other "unimportant" moments in our history like Columbus Day (politically incorrect), the religious reasons Europeans came to the "New World" (also politically incorrect), and the Pledge of Allegiance (separation of church and state)?
Today, no matter your political stance, don't forget to honor those veterans in your life and to remember what happened in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
A picture of the Pearl Harbor Memorial I found here.