Much like we remember the Alamo here in Texas, we also should not forget Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Seventy one years ago on December 7, the early morning Japanese ambush on the U.S. Naval fleet resulted in the loss of more than 2,000 American lives. That act of war set in motion a chain of events that has come to define America in much the same way the Alamo defines the Lone Star State.
As in other tragedies, such as 9-11, the very best of our country was revealed in the days after that terrible attack. Americans always band together during tough times to fight for our founding principles, and in the end, I believe, we come out stronger and more united.
Today, let us remember Pearl Harbor and the men and women who died on that tragic day. Let us also remember to honor the men and women in uniform who continue to fight for our enduring freedom. Their service and dedication allow us the peace and security to raise our families and pursue the success and happiness that define the American dream.
God bless America, God bless our troops and let us always remember Pearl Harbor.