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Eighty years ago, on the morning of December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m., America found herself suddenly under attack. A devastating surprise raid by Japanese aircraft on our fleet at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor sank several massive warships, damaged many others, and destroyed numerous aircrafts. The most tragic loss, however, was in life. The attack resulted in the deaths of a staggering 2,403 Americans.After the initial shock, Americans found themselves facing several decisions of profound significance… decisions that would shape the character of our nation and leave lessons for us today.What can our generation learn from what some call “the greatest generation?”The Decision To Go To WarThe Pearl Harbor attack prompted Congress to declare war on Japan the next day. The declaration of war eventually extended to the other Axis powers of World War II: Germany and Italy.President Franklin D. Roosevelt branded the day of the attack as “a date that will live in infamy.” In his famous address to Congress on December 8, he stated, “The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and …

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