The weather was mild in Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941, with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the low 70s. It was a quiet Sunday, and for many military personnel stationed at the Naval Station Pearl Harbor, their most pressing need was getting to church on time.
The attack was swift, unrelenting and carried out without warning. The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service descended upon Pearl Harbor with a flurry of bombs that sank two U.S. Navy battleships and damaged five others. In total, nearly 20 American naval vessels were damaged or destroyed, along with over 300 aircraft. Over 2,400 American lives were lost, with another roughly 1,200 wounded.
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed, it is “a date which will live in infamy.”
The Sky Valley Senior Center will host lunch in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which takes place Thursday, December 7, 2017. Meant to remember and honor those who died during the surprise attack, the event takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the senior center. The freshly-prepared meal will include hamburgers, French fries and the traditional Sky Valley Senior Center salad bar, which features fresh salad-makings and homemade soup.
Lunch is offered for $5 per person. Proceeds from the lunch help support the senior center.
The Sky Valley Senior Center is located in the A-frame at 617 1st Street in Sultan.