Across the country, flags fly at half-staff to honor those killed in the bombing at Pearl Harbor.
Here in Sioux City, the Morningside American Legion Post #697, held their own ceremony to remember that day.
"It was a day that will live in infamy as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told an anxious nation of the attack," said Lieutenant Colonel Merrill Muller, Wing Chaplain 185th. "Words that Americans heard emerged from scratchy radio speakers for it was this act of aggression that brought us the United States of America into the second world war."
"Today 70 years later, many may not remember because most of those who were there or were old enough to remember have passed on to another life, but almost all of us have first hand experience of a terrible attack on our homeland, September 11th, 2001. It was will always be remembered for generations to come, just as we remember December 7th, 1941. The events of that September day that started out so routine, quickly brought to mind the attack on Pearl Harbor. For too many years, the memory of December 7th, 1941 was slipping away. It's heartbreaking to know that it took a tragic event to get us all thinking about our history and it's important for America to remember our history. The high and the low points. Pearl Harbor was certainly a low point. We've come a long way as a nation and as a people since December 7th, 1941 from scratchy sounding radio to HD televisions and sounds from hundreds of miles in space," continued Muller.
"We remember those who made the supreme sacrifice on December 7th, 1941 taken in the prime of their lives by the all consuming fires, explosions and attacks which rain down on them from a brilliant sun on what started as a peaceful Sunday morning in Hawaii," Muller added.
"We know that remembering that day is important to us and to the future of our nation. This is not a pleasant anniversary to recall but the remembering is important," Muller tells.
"It is a history lesson worthy of retelling over generations. It is a lesson that we forgot once and because we forgot, we allowed history to repeat itself. December 7th is a lesson for all ages. That is why we are here today. Don't ever let anyone forget," says Muller.
Twelve ships were sunk or beached; nine others were damaged in the attacks.
The U.S. lost 164 aircraft.
A day later, President Franklin Roosevelt went before Congress to ask for a declaration of war. Congress approved it within hours.