On a date which was said to “live in infamy,” according to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dec. 7, 1941, Country Music star Charlie Daniels recalls the attack on Pearl Harbor, saying, “America pulled together and with the help of Almighty God met the challenge.”
“I was five years old on that gray Sunday in 1941 when we got the word that Pearl Harbor had been attacked,” recalled Charlie Daniels in a tweet. “America pulled together[,] and with the help of Almighty God[,] met the challenge[.] [A]nd thanks [to] those brave ones who served[,] Old Glory still flies over the land of the brave and free[.]”
I was five years old on that gray Sunday in 1941 when we got the word that Pearl Harbor had been attacked America pulled together and with the help of Almighty God met the challenge and thanks those brave ones who served Old Glory still flies over the land of the brave and free— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) December 7, 2017
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech asking for a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan can be heard online at the Library of Congress.
Below is a transcript of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech:
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
“The United States was at peace with that nation, and at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
“It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
“The attack yesterday, on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
“Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.
“Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
“Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
“Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
“Last night, Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.
“And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
“Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
“As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.
“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
“I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but we’ll make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
“Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interest are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces, with the unfounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.
“I ask that Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attacks by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”