"Seventy-five years ago, a great American generation was faced with an unprovoked attack on our nation. As bombers decimated the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor—killing over 2,400, America's brave--both men and women, military and civilian—came together to fight back and defend our nation. They paid the ultimate price. Their cause was just and their efforts sanctified with their lives.
“I've stood many times at the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. I've been moved to tears by the sacrifice of those on that day, throughout WWII and our history to protect liberty. As we honor their heroism, I hope we are grateful they did not shrink in the face of tremendous adversity.
"While there are increasingly fewer left of that greatest of generations, let us honor them today and recall their willingness to stand against tyranny. And let us live to emulate their courageous acts in our own times."