On Wednesday, the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, President Barack Obama paid homage to American troops who fought in World War II and saluted his home state (sorry, birthers) in a statement declaring the day “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.” –KA


“Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valour fortified all who served during World War II,” he said.

“As a nation, we look to December 7 1941 to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honour all who have sacrificed for our freedoms.”

At 7:55 am (17:55 GMT), the moment Japanese bombers swooped on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, a ceremony will be held by the wreck of the USS Arizona, one of 12 vessels sunk that day, seven decades ago.

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