FDR Speaks Dec. 7, 1941 – A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

It’s important to remember our history, even when it’s painful. I wanted to post this today to remind everyone that bad things have happened before, good men and women have risen to the occasion, and many have sacrificed mightily to give us what we have today.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed the U.S. naval base and airfields in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the headquarters of the Pacific Fleet. The Japanese intended to cripple the U.S. Pacific Fleet to prevent the America from interfering in their planned military actions. The U.S. obviously saw it differently after 2,403 Americans were killed and another 1,178 were wounded.

The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan and they did (war on German and Italy was declared three days later on Dec. 11).

This speech is one of the most famous ever delivered by an American president and while most of us probably know about it, you may never have watched it before. You should view this version, which has been remastered, so that you can see the resolve those men had embarking upon a difficult course of action over 80 years ago.

Watch the full video below!

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