Pearl Harbor resonates with meaning for every American citizen. December 7, 1941 remains one of the darker, more devastating days in American military history. More...
America Enters the War
On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a Joint Session of Congress, requesting a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. The president had chosen his words with care, even editing the final text as he delivered the speech. Click here for the final text version as recorded in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the summer of 1945, with the war in Europe concluded, the Allies turned their attention toward defeating Japan. The United States also contemplated the use of weapon of devastating power. More...
Did You Know?
The memorial columns acknowledge the chronology of State admission into the Union from Delaware to Arizona, alternating back and forth across the Rainbow Pool. In addition to the forty-eight States, the memorial honors the six U.S. territories that existed at the time of the Second World War.