On August 23rd, 1994, Congress established December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is not a federal holiday but a day that Americans should pause to remember the 2,403 men and women killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Because of the surprise attack, the United States entered World War II in 1941.
Whether through films such as Pearl Harbor (2001) or history books, Americans know the general outline of what happened on December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US military installation in Hawaii. The US declared war on Japan, which was allied with Germany and Italy. When the US entered the war, it became the only nation to fight in both the Pacific and European theaters.
Of the nine battleships damaged in the attack, six were repaired and returned to service. The USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, and USS Utah were sunk and left on the harbor floor. The USS Arizona Memorial sits above the sunken USS Arizona, with 900 of the 1,177 crew members still on board. The memorial is open to the public and stands as a reminder of those lost during the attack.
World War II veterans founded the Card Lock Company in 1948. These founding families still own the company and continue to develop access control systems for veteran facilities. We are proud to have served veterans for 70 years. Join us in thanking the men and women of the US military for their service and sacrifices on this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.