Today, Dec. 7, 2016, we are remembering the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the more than 2,000 lives lost on what had been a peaceful, beautiful Sunday morning in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.
The brutal attack by Japanese war planes in Hawaii struck this nation to its very core. It changed the course of history and personally affected the lives of every person and family in Morris County and our nation.
Our country was asked to face an immense life and death challenge in a battle for freedom and democracy on two fronts, against the Japanese in the Pacific and Nazi Germany on the other side of the world.
The men and women of our Greatest Generation looked peril squarely in the face, refused to cower to the forces that took aim at our way of life, and ensured our freedom for generations to come.
Today, on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, so many decades after the attack, we continue to remember and to thank the veterans and their families for their courage, strength, and resilience. We will never forget and we will always thank you.
Kathleen A. DeFillippo, Hank Lyon, Douglas R. Cabana, John Cesaro, Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Christine Myers, and Deborah Smith.