Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7th: A Beginning of an Experiment, and a Date Which Will Live in Infamy

When most people think of December 7th, they think of only of the two major events to happen on this date.  But for America there are two historic events that have forever changed our nation.

December 7, 1787 is a date every American must know just like July 4th and Christmas.  This date was the day America was born as a nation, when visionaries from the state of Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution.  The brave step by these founding fathers and patriots of the American Revolution gave birth to a nation that has championed opportunity and liberty for all citizens.  No other nation in the world has been as blessed as this one, and it all started by a little state on the Eastern seaboard to kick start what we have enjoyed for 233 years.

December 7, 1941 marks the first terrorist attack on U.S. soil by a sovereign nation.  Japan's horrific attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was the catalyst that forced the U.S. into a contentious and brutal battle in World War II.  American personal casualties on that tragic day were 2,042 casualties and 1,282 wounded.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 as a "date which will live in infamy" after the Japan's unannounced provocation of an attack, despite on-going diplomatic negotiations.

As history has shown, this horrific attack catapulted the U.S. in World War II against Japan, Germany and Italy.  Germany and Italy were unrelated to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but to stop communism

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