President-elect Donald Trump took to Facebook on Wednesday to pay his respects to the brave service members who found themselves under attack by the Japanese 75 years ago today.
“We pause today to remember the 2,403 American heroes who selflessly gave their lives at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago, on a date that will forever live in infamy,” Trump said. “We also honor the 1,178 Americans who were wounded, and the countless others who instinctively did their duty, rushing to their posts in the midst of the chaos. Their shared sacrifice reminds us of the great costs paid by those who came before us to secure the liberties we enjoy, and inspires us to rise to meet the new challenges that stand before us today.”
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is remembering the heroes of that day at the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.. He is joined by Arizona Senator and 2008 Presidential Candidate John McCain, and a number of WWII veterans.
Mike Pence also tweeted that “75 years ago today, paradise became a battlefield. America awakened. We honor those lost at Pearl Harbor & all who won a victory for freedom.”
The White House shared a tweet with a quote from President Barack Obama saying that he and his wife, Michelle, “join the American people in remembering those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor.”
Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted a message about the attacks Wednesday morning.
Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, released a statement:
“It was 7:48am in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when the planes arrived. Our troops awoke to a barrage from hundreds of Japanese aircraft overhead. But they didn’t panic or hide—they fought back.
We lost 2,400 Americans that day. These brave men and women died, like many before and after them, fighting to protect our freedoms. The attack may have sunk battleships and taken lives, but it did not sink our resolve. In the years that followed, resilience and strength born out of tragedy led the United States to victory in World War II.”