Gary Sinise Foundation ~ Marking Pearl Harbor’s 75th Anniversary
In the early hours of December 7th, 1941, Japanese fighter planes attacked the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In just two hours, more than 2000 American soldiers, sailors and civilians died and another 1000 were wounded and 20 American naval vessels and more than 300 airplanes. Following the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan and, more than two years into the conflict, America had finally entered World War II.
What followed that early morning attack on Pearl Harbor has gone down in history as a valiant fight by our military heroes stationed at Pearl Harbor to ward off further destruction. Those who lost their lives and those who survived will forever be remembered for their heroism, along with their military brothers and sisters who carried that fight forward in the battles of World War II.
This past December of 2016, the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor was marked in a joint effort by military affiliation groups, the national parks services pertinent memorial sites and many sponsors in a commemoration dedicated to the heroes of Pearl Harbor. On hand for this event was Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation, which serves American Veterans, along with Mr. Sinise’s band, the Lt. Dan Band.
Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.
– Gary Sinise
Caring for Veterans
American citizens need to be aware of the work of the Gary Sinise Foundation and similar programs, which have been founded to resolve the urgent need to take care of our Veterans, who so nobly took care of protecting our country and our freedom. Awareness of the challenges Veterans face and continue to face after their service to America has ended is a first step in resolving the tremendous gap in needs versus services provided.
An Example Many Can Follow
Sinise and others, like him, who have stepped up to address and resolve a problem are a prime example of the American Spirit and a “Be The One” example as promoted on The Founding Project’s Facebook Page.
Links to a film about the anniversary remembrance event and information about the Gary Sinise Foundation and the World War II Memorial at Pearl Harbor are provided at the end of this article.
- – The Founding Project Staff Writer
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD0NHXdGu2Y https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/our-mission