Remembering Pearl Harbor
Approved by Congress on Aug. 23, 1994, Public Law 103-308 designated Dec. 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
"THE LONG FUSE: JAPAN, THE UNITED STATES, AND THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
The tangled relationship between the United States and Japan began with the forced opening of Japan in the nineteenth century, courtesy of Commodore Matthew Perry and this “black ships” of his squadron. Japan’s sudden exposure to the outside world, after centuries of isolation, generated a helt-er-skelter period of transformation, a revolutionary era in which Japan threw overboard many of its oldest traditions and built itself into a technologically advanced industrial state, with modern systems of administration and government—and a powerful military.
Japan’s rise to Great Power status was rapid, with victorious wars over China (1894-95) and Russia (1904-5), as well as successful, if subsidiary role on the side of the Allies in World War I (1914-1918). Again and again, Japan struck quickly to win wars over larger and theoretically more powerful opponents. The very success Japan enjoyed, however, placed the island empire squarely in the sights of the other Great Powers, and generated an increasingly tense strategic rivalry with the United States for domination of the Pacific. That was the “long fuse” of the Great Pacific War (1941-45), the long-term background to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941..." from the article THE LONG FUSE: JAPAN, THE UNITED STATES, AND THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
BRCC Presents - Remembering Pearl Harbor
Video from Black Rifle Coffee Company
"Jack Holder, Don Graves, and Clinton Carl Flinner, Jr. honored us with their personal recounts of that infamous day on Dec., 7th, 1941." from video introduction