HELMETTA, NJ - Just one day after Japan attacked the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress. His speech would go down in history as he asked the Senate and House of Representatives to declare war on Japan. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 "A day which will live in infamy."
This December 7 will mark the 75th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed more than 2,000 members of America's military. The surprise attack also wounded over 1,000 and destroyed or severely damaged 20 US naval vessels and more than 300 airplanes. At approximately 8:10 a.m. a bomb hit the deck of the USS Arizona. It would land in the battleships ammunition deck. The bomb caused a catastrophic explosion, which sank the ship, sending more than 1,000 men to a watery grave. The Arizona and the USS Utah were the only American ships that were never salvaged. Today, the USS Arizona Memorial stands in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a tribute to all those lost on December 7.
On Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Helmetta Community Center will host a One Day Museum Event that will "Remember Pearl Harbor." The display will include World War II memorabilia as well as interactive exhibits. Visitors can browse through a WWII art gallery and view uniforms from the epic conflict. The museum event will also include a kids learning station and a WWII gift shop.
Admission to the"Remember Pearl Harbor" One Day Museum is $3. However, admission is free for veterans, seniors and children under 12. Admission includes a free doughnut and coffee. Kids can get a free cup of hot chocolate. Refreshments will be enjoyed in a WWII style cafe.
The Helmetta Community Center is located at 1 Brookside Place.