Before embarking on his first official visit to Asia, President Donald Trump flew to Hawaii in November, where he and first lady Melania Trump visited Pearl Harbor, the location of one of the deadliest surprise attacks on U.S. troops by the Japanese – the catalyst of World War II.
“We are going to visit very shortly, Pearl Harbor, which I’ve read about, spoken about, heard about, studied, but I haven’t seen. And that is going to be very exciting for me,” he said.
A total of more than 2,300 sailors, soldiers and Marines died as a result of the attack, as did 68 civilians, according to the National Park Service.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a presidential proclamation for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day — the 76th anniversary of the attack. He greeted Pearl Harbor survivors before addressing the American people. The exchange between him and the Vet below absolutely moved me. You MUST watch the video below!
“National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – ‘A day that will live in infamy!’ December 7, 1941,” President Trump posted on Twitter Thursday.
“All American hearts are filled with gratitude for their service, their sacrifice and their presence here today,” Trump said.
“In the weeks and months that took place after the surprise attack – and that was a vicious surprise attack – millions answered like these guys and fought the war,” Trump said. “They triumphed, though many died to defend America against our enemies and to defeat the enemies of all humanity.”
One of the vets in attendance was supposed to play a football game on the day of the attack, and he’d still be a force to be reckoned with on the field and off.
“You never got that game, right?” Trump said to Hawaiian shirt-sporting Mickey Ganitch.
“We had a war to fight,” Ganitch responded.
“Larry said he hopes we can build up the military again,” Trump said of Larry Parry, prompting a thumbs up from the veteran. “We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought.”
Before President Trump signed a formal proclamation on the 76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, one veteran of the Japanese attack broke out in song.
Trump said that, following the attack, a “battle cry could be heard by American friends and foes alike: Remember Pearl Harbor.”
The veteran standing closest to him smiled and began singing the lyrics to the Sammy Kaye song.
“Let’s remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo,” he sang.
“We will always remember how they died for liberty. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, and go on to victory.”
“That was a pretty wild scene. You’ll never forget that, right?” Trump said.
“They fought. They bled. They sacrificed. And they triumphed,” Trump said.