Remembering Pearl Harbor - 75 years
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base in what is now the state of Hawai'i. The attack destroyed 188 U.S. aircraft, killed 2,403 Americans, and wounded 1,178 others. The destruction led the U.S. to officially enter World War II . . . and to round up Japanese Americans into internment camps. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1944 that this action by the federal government was constitutional. Sadly, this case (Korematsu v. United States) has never been overturned. Let us take it as a positive that the government has not done anything egregious enough to warrant a case to overturn Korematsu.
Be sure to thank a WWII veteran for their service to our country so many years ago. At 75 years since the start of the war, we will not have many more opportunities to thank them.