December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . .
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1941
Events & Notes
Wednesday, Dec 7th: Senator Randy Brock will make an announcement in the Cedar Creek Room of the State House at 1:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME.
Thursday, Dec. 8th: Lamoille County Republican Fundraiser. Robert Maynard speaks on the “Vermont Economy, Can It Be Fixed” at the Hyde Park VFW hall from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. A chicken and biscuit buffet will be served. $20 per person. Call 802-851-1121 for more information.
Wednesday, Dec 14th: Vermont Republican Party Winter Bash, 6:30 pm – Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington. Click the link above for more info.
Health Care Listening Sessions – The Agency of Administration is hosting four listening sessions across Vermont to help inform the design of future health care reform financing plans. These sessions will include presentations on the challenges facing Vermont’s health care system, how health care is financed currently in Vermont, and an overview of Vermont’s revenue system. The general public is encouraged to attend.
November 29: Marlboro College Tech Center, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m.-9:00p.m
December 13: Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library, Rutland, 10 Court Street, 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m
December 14: University of Vermont, building and room to be announced, Burlington, 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m
TBA: Northeast Kingdom, location to be determined, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Please contact Michael Costa, Special Counsel, Vermont Department of Taxes at (802) 828-0141 or Michael.Costa@state.vt.us.
Now – December 21: Pyrofax Energy is excited to announce the kick-off of their annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Each person that drops off 3 non-perishable food items or a new toy to your local Pyrofax office on or before December 21st will be entered to win 100 gallons of fuel oil.Pyrofax Energy has provided 3 locations to drop off food items and new toys between 8am and 4:30pm. You may drop off your donation at: 512 Brooklyn Street, Morrisville; #24 VT Rte 17, Waitsfield; or 694 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction.
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