Wednesday marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the ceremony at the base was a patriotic event. A number of notable speakers were present, including U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., who gave an impassioned speech on the rich history of the country and the tradition of Pearl Harbor.
“No one knew that morning would be the last moment of peace in the nation for almost four years,” he said.
Harris also took a shot at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has taken a knee during the national anthem since the beginning of the season.
The admiral said, “You can bet that the men and women that we honor today and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago never took a knee and never failed to stand when they heard our national anthem being played.”
Harris’ remarks garnered a loud round of applause.
Kaepernick had the worst game of his career last Sunday when he was sacked five times and threw for only four yards.
According to the official website, the commemoration was hosted by the National Park Service and the United States Navy. Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans were invited and honored at the event.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the event that launched the United States into the second World War. On that day, 2,403 American lives were lost. It is the second deadliest attack on American soil after September 11.