President Trump honored Pearl Harbor veterans Thursday on the 76th anniversary of the attack which launched the United States into World War II.
Trump signed a presidential proclamation for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, remembering the more than 2,300 U.S. military personnel that lost their lives that day during the surprise attack by the Empire of Japan.
During the ceremony, one of the veterans in attendance burst into song with “Remember Pearl Harbor” as Trump honored them at the White House.
Pearl Harbor, a U.S. Naval base located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, was devastated by a surprise attack on December 7, 1941, by Japan.
The surprise attack “crippled or destroyed nearly 20 American ships and more than 300 airplanes,” according to History.
Although the attack was disastrous, it did not completely destroy the United States Pacific fleet, as all of the U.S. aircraft carriers were not at the base during the attack. Furthermore, the attack failed to destroy the island’s “oil storage depots, repair shops, shipyards and submarine docks.”