“A Date which will live in Infamy”. Those famous words from President Franklin Roosevelt continue to echo as we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor decades later. The Pennsylvania Military Museum now commemorating the 1941 attack and honoring our Veterans.
81 years ago, the naval and air forces of the Japanese Empire launched a surprise attack on the U.S. base in Pearl Harbor. As FDR said December 7th, 1941 was a date which will live in infamy and the PA Military Museum wants to keep it that way. Military Veterans and their families make their way to Boalsburg Wednesday to honor the memory of those lost that fateful day in Hawaii. At the Pennsylvania Military Museum — the Marine Corps Leatherneck Detachment and the State College American Legion providing the colors, a gun salute and playing the Taps to commemorate the memory of the fallen. All this held in front of the guns of the USS Pennsylvania.
Considering the United States’ role in the ultimate Allied victory in World War II — it can be hard to remember that the U.S. was hesitant to directly intervene before the Pearl Harbor attack. That’s according to the Museum’s Director. Pennsylvania Military Museum Director Tyler Gum saying: “At the time, the United States was a neutral party, but that neutrality was short lived. And now we were at war. The attack struck at the heart of the United States’ Pacific Fleet. The response from the United States was nothing short of heroic. Bringing forth an industrial workforce and fighting force never seen before.”