The act prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and to dub December 7 "a date which will live in infamy".
"Today our entire nation pauses to remember Pearl Harbor and the courageous warriors who on that day stood tall and fought for America", he said.
President Donald Trump honored six Pearl Harbor veterans on the anniversary of the attack- one of them a Central New York native. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.
The memorial was dedicated on September 2, 2000, marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.
More than 2,300 servicemen were killed in the assault carried out by Japanese airplanes.
"When I looked up and saw the red ball on the fuselage I knew it wasn't our plane", he said. "They weren't ready for it".
"We are grateful for the 109 people whose names are on the plaque behind me", 9/11 Memorial Committee Chairman Charlie Spano said.
The Riverside National Cemetery All Forces Color Guard presents colors during the 11th Annual Pearl Harbor Commemorative Ceremony in Norco on Thursday, Dec. 7. They are HEROES, and they are living witnesses to American History.
After the Pearl Harbor attack, and for the first time during years of discussion and debate, the American people were united in their determination to go to war. And while Trump has occasionally put his foot in his mouth during military-related ceremonies - I wouldn't necessarily call a surprise bombardment "a pretty wild scene" - nobody was paying attention to the commander-in-chief. "They're there as guardians of us".
Nicknamed the Mighty Mo, the Missouri was the third United States Navy ship to be named after our state. "Though the wounds dealt here of more than seven decades ago are fading", he told the commemoration audience, "we will never forget the valor, heroism, wisdom and leadership displayed by all those who gave their lives here 76 years ago".
"Then went out to the Pacific on a destroyer, stayed the rest of the war, picked up 12 battle stars", said Harless. "By the end of the war, Pacific Fleet submarines had conducted 488 war patrols, and were responsible for more than half of all enemy ships that were sunk".