Today, as we mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we honor the memory of the more than 2,400 men and women who perished during the bombing of the Hawaiian naval base. Like 9/11, it was a devastating foreign attack on U.S. soil that shook our country and compelled us to come together in response. We should all be thankful and salute the courage of those who responded to the attack that day. One of those heroes, United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, has been a true champion of memorials that are so important to our nation's history. For years, the Senator worked to support the creation of the USS Arizona Memorial and today, he continues to be an advocate for vital federal support of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Members of the Eastern Long Island Pipe and Drum will play at the 9/11 Memorial today in commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. As we pause to remember the lives lost, our thoughts are also with the many heroes who have served and continue to serve our country at home and abroad.
By Joe Daniels, 9/11 Memorial President and CEO