TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie, declaring Monday, Dec. 7, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day,” in New Jersey, issued a statement on the deadly attack that plunged the country into World War II.
The Japanese bombing of the U.S. Navy base and other military installations on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 1941 killed more than 2,000 sailors, Marines, and soldiers, and wounded more than 1,000 others. Close to 200 aircraft were destroyed.
The attack, Christie said, shattered the nation’s domestic tranquility but strengthened its “resolve against forces of oppression and hate.”
In the aftermath of the attack, thousands of “Americans responded to the call of duty and enlisted in the Armed Forces to fight in defense of our county,” the Republican presidential candidate said.
Christie called on Americans to honor those “who fought and died on that December day as well as all of the other service members who lost their lives during World War II to defend our freedoms.”
The governor also urged Americans to honor the “sacrifice of all those who continue to fight for and protect our freedoms at home and abroad today.”
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