The head of the National Mall said World War Two provides vital lessons on ''civil discourse,'' and ''mutual understanding,'' at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Gay Vietzke, the Superintendent of the National Mall said World War Two provides vital lessons on "civil discourse," and "mutual understanding," at a ceremony marking 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack. "We can recognize the passions aroused 75 years in the wake of Pearl Harbor in our own political dialogue today, around issues of freedom and justice and citizenship and National security," she said. "World War Two holds vital lessons for all of us," she said. "That even amidst national crisis and international upheaval, civil discourse, and mutual understanding are essential to a democracy," she said. The bombing of Pearl Harbor took place at 7:55 a.m. Honolulu time on Dec. 7, 1941, famously dubbed "a date which will live in infamy" by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Fewer than 200 survivors of the attacks there and on other military bases in Hawaii are still alive. The United States declared war on Japan the next day. Three days after that, Germany's Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States. Across the United States on Wednesday, Americans will pause to remember those who died at Pearl Harbor, and the long and difficult war that followed.