Rep. West Statement on Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor
(WASHINGTON)---Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today
regarding the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor:
quiet Sunday morning 71 years ago, a brazen and surprise attack on our
shores shocked and galvanized our nation more forcefully than any
other single event had ever done. More than 2,400 Americans were
killed and more than 1,100 were wounded. The Pearl Harbor attack sank
four United States Navy battleships and damaged four more. It also
damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer, and
damaged 188 aircraft.
Today we remember those who lost their
lives on that day, and honor those who valiantly fought on. With courage,
sacrifice and selfless dedication, these veteran heroes helped protect
our country and preserve our freedoms.
We believed we
would most likely never again see an attack of this type on our shores,
but we were wrong.
As the events of September 11, 2001 have
demonstrated, those who wish to engage the United States on the 21st
Century battlefield will devise ever more nefarious ways to kill
Americans in order to disrupt and harm our way of life.
remain vigilant, we must always be prepared, and we must ensure we have
the resources to appropriately and adequately respond to those who
seek to extinguish our beacon of freedom in the world.
a debt to those who perished at Pearl Harbor, we owe a debt to those
who fought on and to those who continue to fight courageously for our
country today, and we must remain steadfast for our children and
grandchildren so they may live freely and peacefully in this blessed