Thursday, May 26

Pearl Harbor Day 2021: Is the 80th anniversary a national holiday?

The Pearl Harbor tragedy will forever be remembered as one of the saddest days in American history from the times of World War II. As the conflict between many nations was still raging on, the United States of America weren’t even involved in the war. However, decades o conflicts with Japan is what pushed Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku to plan a sneak attack on the U.S. Navy’s Pearl Harbor base in Oahu, Hawaii. At 07:55 a.m., several Japanese planes conducted an attack on all the docked ships that were on that base for two straight hours. During the attack, most ships were completely destroyed and only two of the battle ships were recovered for rebuilding.

After the attack ended, 2,403 Americans were killed and another 1,000+ sustained serious injuries. That attack prompted the United States to get involved int he conflict that ended in 1945 with the detonation of two nuclear bombs in Japan. The blast in Hiroshima killed an estimated 140,000 citizens from a 350,000 population. In Nagazaki, about 74,000 people were killed. This chaing of events started in the Pearl Harbor attack and it’s a reminder of how senseless war can be when it’s taken to the extreme. Survivors from that attack in Pearl Harbor get together every year to remember those that fell during that horrible morning.

Is Pearl Harbor Day a holiday?

According to Federal Law, this day is not considered an official holiday and all establishments remain busy on this day. Schools and Federal offices remain open as well. However, the American people always remember this day by gathering all survivors who remain alive. Despite it not being a national holiday, Pearl Harbor remains as one of the most important days of December. We’ve come a long way since that happened and the entire world seems far more united than back then. The United States went on to become one of the biggest super powers in the world and Japan one of the most important technological countries.

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