Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, which led to the United States declaring war on Japan the next day and thus entering World War II.
Canada, too, gained an enemy that day, declaring war on Japan almost a half-day before the U.S.
Within hours of the Pearl Harbor attack, two ill-fated Canadian battalions on the Kowloon Peninsula were engaged in a hopeless defence of Hong Kong as Japan mounted co-ordinated attacks throughout the Asian Pacific.
By the time the outgunned, outnumbered Commonwealth troops surrendered Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 290 Canadian soldiers were dead. Almost 300 more died of their injuries or of maltreatment in Japanese prison camps.
IF you ever get to Hawaii it is a must to check out the Pearl Harbor Memorial and Museum. My favorite part was talking with a couple of the surviving veterans of that fateful day. (I wish I would have recorded our visit)
We had 4 hours for our tour and Donnie and I could have spent the entire day there with all the exhibits/static displays/theaters/ & more. If you don’t expect on going anytime soon please invest some time in our photo’s.