Sixty-nine years ago Americans across the country learned of a deadly attack that killed thousands of citizens.
Sixty-nine years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced December 7th to be a day that will live in infamy.
That's why many Lower Valley residents and veterans came out to remember that attack on Pearl Harbor.
"I had expected war for quite awhile, but most people had not," said David Kramer, WWII Veteran.
Many Americans at the time were unsure about what even happened.
"My father asked me, 'Where's Pearl Harbor?' and I said 'Oh some town, some place',' said Tomas Hernandez, WWII Veteran.
When Japan attacked, the U.S. suffered a loss of over 2,000 people and most of their naval fleet.
"I lost I believe 10 of my high school fellow students who had enlisted shortly after they graduated," said Kramer.
Several of the World War II veterans today said remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor is crucial because it's one of the true turning points in American history.
This deadly attack launched the U.S. into war.
"It's not only shook people up, but they were infuriated, especially because they didn't really appreciate how strong Japan was," said Kramer.
That's why today people across the nation remember those they lost and those that are fighting now to keep U.S. freedom alive.