QUICK THOUGHT: Are you a proud American - Remembering Pearl Harbor

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By Kyle Quick:

December 7, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation for a reason that every President fears of having to do.  On this date, 71 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the greatest speech in our country’s history about one of the worst attacks our country had ever witnessed.

Over 2,400 men and women lost their lives “A date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." (FDR, 1941)

The attack on the Hawaiian Islands also formed the greatest generation to have ever lived.  As one WWII veteran told us, “I never thought twice about enlisting, knowing it was unlikely I would survive and still be living today."

"We fought to defend and protect our country and our freedom because it was the right thing to do.”

The next time you see a veteran, particularly one who proudly wears his WWII hat, make sure to give up five seconds of your time to say two simple words, “thank you”.

If it were not for these veterans I would not be writing this story and you would not be reading it.

If you cannot spare five seconds to say “Thank You” then you do not deserve to be an American.

Below is what people across the world are saying on Twitter and Facebook as we remember and honor the “greatest generation to have ever lived.”

"A date which will live in infamy." (FDR, 1941)

People across the world talk about the attack on Pearl Harbor 71 years ago, Dec. 7 1941

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RT @donayres: On this day,71 years ago, 2,402 Americans were killed & 1,282 wounded at Pearl Harbor. A date which will live in infamy http://pic.twitter.com/7UEXLPGzKentucky Darling
Remember to thank any vets who served at the time of Pearl Harbor or any for there Service.James Menditto
Pearl Harbor - Roosevelt speechleafvillage0001
RT @iTweetFacts: 71 years ago TODAY, 2,402 Americans killed. 1,282 wounded. Never Forget Pearl Harbor. http://pic.twitter.com/vJvPbENBdg
Its the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. I would like thank everybody that has lost their lives & help defend our country during this time.Benjamin Tyson
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. Take time remember those victims of Pearl HarborAdam Cummings