December 07, 2011

Manchin Statement on 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor:

“Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor – a devastating attack that stunned our nation and took the lives of thousands of Americans. This horrific attack united our country and inspired millions of Americans to join the fight by serving in our military, going to work in our factories or buying war bonds and making sacrifices to support the war effort.

“Today, we recognize those that were lost on this day 70 years ago, as well as all of those we lost during the years of World War II that followed. We also recognize the bravery and patriotism that marked a generation that gave up so much to defend this great nation. They have truly earned the honor of being called the ‘Greatest Generation,’ and the men and women serving this country now in the war on terror have learned much from their example.

“President Franklin Roosevelt said in his address before Congress that the Attack on Pearl Harbor would be ‘a date which will live in infamy.’ For 70 years we have never forgotten, and we will never forget.  We must make sure that each year – in fact, every day – we try to live up to the sacrifices past and present that make us all safe and free.”