President Trump And His First Lady Share Social Media Message To Honor Fallen Pearl Harbor Heroes

December 10, 2017

The United States President and First Lady, on December 7th, honored the fallen heroes on the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The attack on Pearl Harbor: A brief history

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a military strike against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This incident was what ignited the World War II. The Japanese planned the attack as a way to keep the US from interfering with the military actions they planned against them, the UK and Netherlands.

Up to 353 Japanese aircraft were deployed to attack the base. This attack led to the death of 2,403 Americans, while 1,178 were injured. The US declared war on Japan the day after; Germany and Italy declared war on the US a few days later. In response, the US made a declaration of war against those two countries.


The fact that the initial attack happened so suddenly without an official declaration of war led the President Franklin D. Roosevelt to refer to that day as "a date which will live in infamy."

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Every year, the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance day (also known as Pearl Harbor Day) is observed in the United States. On December 7th, the US honored those who lost their lives in that attack. The first Pearl Habor day was observed on December 7, 1994, after a proclamation by the then President Bill Clinton.

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On this day, organizations may choose to organize events or ceremonies to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in 1941.

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Donald and Melania Trump's words on Pearl Harbor Day 2017

On social media, President Trump and the First Lady posted some messages to honor the fallen heroes.

Melania, who posted on both Facebook and Twitter, said:

Thank you to all military for your courage and sacrifice!

The President's posted, A day that will live in infamy!” December 7, 1941," on Twitter, referencing Roosevelt's proclamation many years ago.

A social media blunder

It turned out that both the President and his wife made some errors in their remembrance posts on social media. Trump wrote, "a day which will live in infamy" whereas, Roosevelt's actual words were, "a date which will live in infamy."

In Melania's initial post, which was later deleted, she got the dates wrong. She was reported to have said, "Today we honor Pearl Harbor Heroes. 11/7/1941," pointing out that it was November 7th, when the event actually happened on December 7th. She did take it down and replaced it with the correct date after social media users pointed out the error to her.

Really, in both cases, it was a mistake anyone can make. A lot of people appreciated the POTUS and FLOTUS for remembering the heroes that lost their lives on this dreadful day.

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