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Attack on Pearl Harbor date of December 7 is not widely known any longer

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Saturday, December 07, 2013 is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that it was "a date which will live in infamy." Friday, the Chicago Tribune ran a story about how many young people don’t know the date of the Pearl Harbor attack and that it is being forgotten with newer generations. Most students know the attack happened and that it happened in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii but the exact date is not easily remembered.

See the video to the left about remembering Pearl Harbor.

The Chicago Tribune interviewed several students around the age of 18 or 19 years old and not one of them could remember the exact date of the attack. And the reality is that it is not covered in history in grade schools as much as it was even 30 years ago.

2,335 American soldiers died during the attack on Pearl Harbor that day and for those who lived through it and still remember…it’s alarming that this younger generation is unaware of when it happened. Many of the solider who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor have since died, but a few who are now in the 90's remember. They say that there used to be parades on Dec. 7 and ceremony’s that higher military officials would attend, but most of these don’t happen anymore.

To read the Chicago Tribune article, click here.

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