KENILWORTH, NJ - On December 7, 1941 Japanese naval and air forces attacked American military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In total 2,403 men and women were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack on Pearl Harbor led America to join the fight in World War II. Annually countless Americans honor and remember those who had been killed in the surprise attack. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into effect the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day officially starting as of December 7, 1994. Since then the number of Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans has dwindled. Around the nation American’s will be honoring those killed in the attack, those who survived, and the last living World War II veterans.
As we near the 78th anniversary it becomes apparent just how limited our time is with this crucial generation. Kenilworth sent over hundreds of men and women to serve in World War II. These men and women had come home, built our community, raised families, and many of the descendants live here today. Although we remember in solemn ceremonies those killed in the attack, we are also remembering our fathers, our grandfathers, uncles, aunts, and those who have served in World War II. This is why as we honor the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans will take a moment of silence to remember those that have served our country during that turbulent time.