Common Defense Statement on the 79th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2020

On December 7, 1941, a devastating attack on American soil launched our nation into the greatest armed conflict this world has ever seen. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a turning point in our nation’s history, but today more than any other day, we must remember the 2,400 sailors, soldiers and civilians who died in the service of their country.

As President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared 79 years ago, these attacks marked “a date which will live in infamy.” They also marked the beginning of a mission for justice and peace for the people of the United States of America and the world, and the mobilization of 18 million U.S. servicemembers to faithfully execute that mission.

“We honor the Greatest Generation, not only for the sacrifices they made on the battlefield to preserve our democracy but also to advance freedom at home. World War II veterans were at the forefront of progressive change in this country when we desperately needed it. Whether they were Native American elders fighting for sovereignty, African American leaders of the Civil Rights movement, or Japanese Americans seeking to reclaim what was lost during the internment, they demonstrated their commitment to our American ideals and worked to make our union more perfect.” stated US Army Veteran and Common Defense Executive Director Jose Vasquez.

We remember the fallen troops and the many civilians who perished during this cataclysm. The lessons of this defining period of our shared history are carried on in the work that Common Defense is currently engaged in. Our members see war as a last resort but will hold true to our oaths to preserve and defend the Constitution. We have and will fight fascism wherever it rears its ugly head.

In Solidarity,

Team Common Defense

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