Seventy years ago this morning, our nation awoke to news that stirred hearts and steeled nerves to face the challenge of a generation. For the millions of Americans from every walk of life who answered the call to serve, the attack on our fleet at Pearl Harbor marked the beginning of a great struggle. On this anniversary we recall their heroism, their resolve, their perseverance toward achieving what President Roosevelt foretold would be their ‘inevitable triumph.’ We remember those who lie at final rest near the beaches they stormed and beneath the oceans they traversed in the service of our freedom. We honor the veterans in our communities who still bear the scars of that war and its stories of courage. Let us draw strength from their sacrifices that we may live up to their example in our generation by confronting America’s challenges through unity, determination, and an abiding faith that our greatest triumphs still lie ahead.