Today we remember the 2,400 American lives lost when Japanese fighter planes attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.
The attack signified the United States’ entrance into World War II, resulting in 16 million Americans leaving their families and serving their country overseas. More than 400,000 service members paid the ultimate sacrifice and did not return home between the Pearl Harbor attacks and when the war ended in September 1945.
Sixty years later, the country again came under attack, when terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The first responders and military responded in the same way they did at Pearl Harbor. Again, millions of Americans rose to defend their country, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, just as they did during World War II.
On days like today, we realize how lucky we are to live in a country where so many are willing to relentlessly defend their fellow citizens during times of fear. We will risk our lives to protect and defend our family, friends and fellow Americans we do not even know.
We at Homes for Our Troops recognize the courage of these men and women, which is why our organization exists – to ensure those severely injured during combat are cared for when they come home. We honor all Servicemembers past, present, and future, for putting their lives on the line so we can continue to enjoy the freedoms of this great country.