Seventy years ago today, the Empire of Japan "suddenly and deliberately attacked" the United States military installation in Pearl Harbor. They did considerable damage to our fleet there, and brought the United States into World War II.
Many brave men died that day; fighting back, attempting to rescue their comrades, or simply at rest.
After that, the World War was not the same. The American giant had awoken, and its wrath was terrible. Fighting one enemy virtually alone, and assisting our allies in dealing with another, the United States mobilized a fighting force the likes of which had never been seen on this planet.
And when the fighting was done, we stopped. We helped rebuild those same countries we had just destroyed. After the fighting, we put down our weapons, scuttled many of our ships, and clipped the wings of many of our airplanes.
Today that tradition continues. Our brave Airmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers (and Coasties) continue to safeguard our way of life- and yet, almost uniquely in the history of the world- our military seeks peace.
For you, Warriors of America, I give thanks. I will never be able to express enough how much I owe to you.