Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary: Veterans Send Patriotic Message About Why Americans Must ‘Unite’

by Michael Freeman

Today marks not only the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack but its 80th one at that. In honor of it, veterans gave their thoughts and all of them recognize America is strongest when we stand united.

Bringing the United States into WWII, Pearl Harbor was a tragedy. However, our country united in the wake of the attack. To both honor and recognize this monumental anniversary, Fox News spoke to veterans across the country and asked about their thoughts about the terrible event. All of them are unanimous about how much stronger we are together and why we must “unite” just like we did back then.

“When we’re united as a country, we cannot be defeated,” a Vietnam veteran told the news outlet. “That’s my takeaway. What happened after Pearl Harbor shows that when we stand together, we cannot be beat.”

His testimony ended with a powerful statement. He said, “And if we don’t unite today, we will certainly fall.”

Jeremiah Martin, a US Army veteran from Shelby, Ohio, feels similarly. “I served overseas in the Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve,” he said. “Today, 80 years after Pearl Harbor, I’m proud to be a part of a longstanding legacy. It’s my hope and prayer that the ‘sleeping giant’ that was awakened 80 years ago will still have the courage, will, and fortitude to pursue peace through strength for generations to come.”

A Navy veteran in New York state has a slightly less sunny outlook. According to him, people no longer have the pride they once did for serving. He laments this and says the passion seen around Pearl Harbor’s time is gone and hasn’t been seen since.

Overall, our nation’s heroes recognize the need to remain united as a country.

Pearl Harbor Survivor and WWII Veteran Recounts the Attack 80 Years Ago

The veterans of today provided their own thoughts about the attack eight decades ago, but what about someone who was actually there? A Pearl Harbor survivor and WWII veteran recently recounted the devastating attack so long ago.

In a separate Fox News interview, Jack Holder talked about the morning of December 7, 1941. After finishing roll call inside a hangar on Ford Island, he heard planes approaching and assumed they were American. “We ran outside and seen all the aircraft in with Rising Sun insignia and that explained it all,” said Holder. “I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Holder then described watching Japanese planes descend on battleships. As the planes lit them ablaze with bombs and gunfire, the Americans sought cover in a sewer ditch. “One of their pilots had seen us and staffed the ditch with machine-gun fire missing us by 3 feet.”

Holder, along with 150 other WWII veterans, will attend a commemoration ceremony today in Hawaii.