SMITHTON, Ill. – On the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, state Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, encourages residents to remember those who gave their life in the service of their country on that fateful day.
“In one of our nation’s darkest of hours, Americans from across the country reacted heroically to defend our homeland from attack,” Costello said. “Many of them gave their lives on that day while protecting others aboard their ships and on land.”
On the morning of December 7th, 1941, forces from the Japanese Navy attacked American naval and ground forces at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hickam Field, and Naval Air Station Ford Island. By the end of the morning, over 2,400 American service members and civilians would be killed due to the attack. The attack would launch the U.S. into the Second World War.
“The number of survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor dwindles every day,” Costello continued. “It is important for us to give thanks and remember those who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms on that faithful December morning.”
State Rep. Jerry Costello II represents Illinois’ 116th district, which includes all or parts of St. Clair, Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties. His office can be reached by phone at 618-282-7284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.