FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Imperial Japan attacked our naval base at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 – 79 years ago – launching the United States into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a day that will live in infamy,” as more than 2,400 Americans were killed in what was the deadliest attack on American soil until 9/11.
One thing I am always amazed by is the resiliency of the American people. Though they were still reeling from the shock of the surprise attack, our ancestors rallied behind the American flag to lead the Allies against Nazi Germany and the Axis powers. The attack on Pearl Harbor united us in a way the world had never seen before, and we emerged from the war as the preeminent global power.
We need to reclaim that same spirit of unity. Every service member and Department of Defense civilian serves to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Our Team of Teams works every day to spread the idea that we are all created equal, regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation. Under the red, white and blue of our flag, we are all Americans and committed to the defense of this great nation. Valuing each team member and their unique contributions helps make us the greatest military in the world.
As we solemnly celebrate Pearl Harbor Day, I want you all to remember the things that bring us together. You are all essential members of the Fort Leonard Wood team, and we are proud to serve with you.
Victory Starts Here — Victory Through Skill.