Like most events of 2020, the ceremony marking the 79th anniversary of the infamous attacks on Pearl Harbor was markedly different from past years. Survivors of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor commemorated the anniversary at home this year, with gatherings banned and most large events canceled in the United States amid surging numbers of coronavirus cases.
In past years, thousands of people–survivors, current members of the military, tourists, and locals–have attended ceremonies on the naval base in Hawaii honoring those killed in a Japanese aerial assault.
The attack, launched to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet and stop the U.S. from interfering with Japan's offensives in Southeast Asia, took about 2,400 American lives.
The largest group of naval vessels under one commander, organized for specific tactical or other purposes.
The Pacific Fleet and the Northern Fleet are rated as the two most powerful Russian naval forces.