The ceremony began at 7:50 a.m. in Hawaii to mark the time, on a bright Sunday morning 79 years ago, that aircraft from Imperial Japan began the attacks that would kill 2,403 Americans, decimate the Pacific fleet and bring the U.S. into World War II.
In his keynote remarks, Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said that 'What you see here today is the resolve, despite the pandemic, to pay our respects' to those who served in World War II.'Nothing will stop us,' he stressed.
Aquilino was nominated last Thursday by President Donald Trump to replace Adm. Phil Davidson as commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, according to an announcement by Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller.
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※U.S. Pacific Fleet:
A theater-level component command of the U.S. Navy.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet encompasses 100 million square miles, more than half the Earth's surface, from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean.