Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement to Commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Washington, DC - (Wednesday, December 7, 2016) - Today Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) released the following statement in honor of the 75th anniversary of the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor:
“As a daughter of a World War II veteran, I join millions of people in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On the morning of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese planes flew into Pearl Harbor, America was changed forever. Those brave soldiers were all that stood between mainland America and those enemy forces. Our country is deeply indebted to the servicemen that made those selfless sacrifices by putting their lives on the line to protect our nation. The legacy of the lives lost on that day and the ones who fought continues to inspire servicemen to act with humility and courage when wearing the uniform while protecting and serving our country.
I also am grateful to the hidden heroes of Pearl Harbor: the African-Americans and Latino-Americans who wore the uniform, acted with bravery, and fought side by side with their counterparts to protect us from this devastating attack. I am especially grateful for the bravery shown by Dorie Miller, from my hometown of Waco, Texas. Doris Miller, known as the hero of Pearl Harbor, was a mess attendant that stepped up during the attack to shoot down Japanese planes and carry several of his fellow shipmates to safety.
Additionally I am thankful to the other hidden heroes, the female service members – predominately nurses, who acted with tenacity and displayed heroism in their efforts to save so many lives.
As we reflect on this anniversary, let us be mindful of the restored relationship and strong ties between the United States and Japan. On this day of remembrance, we should also celebrate the leadership shown by President Barack Obama who has promoted peace and unity for our country to move forward from this great tragedy.”