(WTVM) - Wednesday, Dec. 7 is the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to the U.S. entering World War II.
In the attack, more than 2,000 Americans were killed with 1,100 injured.
The Japanese launched the attack to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with their military actions.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first leader from the country to visit Pearl Harbor. He will be there along with President Obama, who gave his final national security speech on Tuesday.
"We should take great pride in the progress that we've made over the last eight years," stated President Obama. "That's the bottom line. No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland."
Additionally, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center hosted a free viewing of the film "Tora! Tora! Tora!" in the Giant Screen theater on Wednesday.
This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to the tragic moment in American History.
The museum also had all of the flags flying at half-staff in remembrance of the attack.