Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today marking the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor:
"On a bright morning 70 years ago, Americans confronted a brutal attack on our soil -- costing our nation more than 2,400 lives, destroying ships and aircraft stationed at Pearl Harbor, thrusting our country into a world war. It was a moment of tragedy and loss, terror and grief; it brought us into a war against the forces of fascism and tyranny, on behalf of the cause of freedom worldwide.
"Yet this attack also marked the beginning of a new chapter for the American people -- a period of unity, resolve, leadership, and heroism. It spurred us to action and service, sending our soldiers to brave beachheads and march across a continent; igniting the fires of our factories to support the war effort on the home front; bringing Americans together to do what was necessary to support our troops and contribute to our ultimate victory.
"In the wake of Pearl Harbor, Americans ushered in an era defined by the belief in our ability to succeed and thrive as one people and one nation, whether in times of war or peace. We were inspired by the bravery of our service members -- the devotion to service we honor, admire, and cherish in each generation of our armed forces. We were reminded that our strength stems from what we share: our common values and our bonds of country and community.
"As we remember those lost at Pearl Harbor, let us renew that spirit of unity. Let us take inspiration from the achievements of the "Greatest Generation' and pledge to overcome today's challenges with courage and a firm commitment to our nation's values, security, progress, and prosperity."