U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today in remembrance of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor:
"Seventy years ago today, Imperial Japanese aircraft roared down on Pearl Harbor. These were accompanied by submarines that sped under Hawaiian waters hoping to torpedo what the planes missed. In two hours, Imperial Japan's naval forces had killed or wounded more than 3,500 Americans, both military and civilians, including men, women and children.
"For Americans, December 7, 1941 will forever be "a date which will live in infamy.' Our entire nation mobilized to assist the ensuing war effort. From war bonds to building our fighter aircraft, the country was united and the "greatest generation' defeated forces of evil and successfully defended freedom and democracy.
"Our American forbearers were brave and strong in the face of adversity. But the larger lesson of Pearl Harbor is that we need to remain steadfast and forthright in our defense of liberty and human rights. Brutal regimes and lawless nations should not be coddled or appeased.
"Today, we honor those Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and civilians that died at Pearl Harbor. We also honor all of the greatest generation of servicemen and servicewomen who faced the massive conflagration known to history as the Second World War. Included among these veterans are two Members of the House, Ralph Hall and John Dingell, as well as Senators Inouye, Akaka and Lautenberg. We remember as well all those who supported these veterans by sacrifice and dedication on the home front. Their sacrifice awoke us to the need to be ever vigilant in protecting liberty. It is a lesson we must not forget."