want to offer my most sincere gratitude for the men and women who were
attacked 74 years ago today in the sleepy naval port known as Pearl
Harbor. It was a quiet Sunday morning, and many of our sailors went to
bed thinking they still had years ahead of them. They went to bed in
peace, and awoke to WWII, and the stench of ballistics material, burning
oil, and the blood and sweat of their brothers and sisters in arms.
From the chaos arose the young Americans who would become the greatest
generation. They were the sleeping giant, and they were angry. And
once the smoke cleared, they rolled up their sleeves and went to war!
And the world would never be the same again. They secured our freedom
and made it safe for my kids to sleep at night without fear. So, I
offer you my most profound gratitude.