It’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2015, a time to remember the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The day is observed annually in order to honor the 2,403 victims who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack so many years ago. In 2001, the movie Pearl Harbor came out, starring Ben Affleck, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale. The film follows the lives of two best friends Danny (Josh Hartnett) and Rafe (Ben Affleck), who are both first lieutenants under the command of Major Jimmy Doolittle. They fall in love with the same woman as Rafe is believed to be killed, Danny forms a relationship with his love Evelyn. It is a deep and touching love triangle that occurs in the middle of a heartbreaking story taken from our nation’s history.
Let’s remember the day and the movie with the best quotes from the film below.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States Of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by Naval and Air Forces of the Empire of Japan. It is obvious that planning the attack began many weeks ago, during the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American military forces, I regret to tell you that over three thousand American lives have been lost. No matter how long it may take us to over come this pre-meditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. Because of this unprovoked, dastardly attack by Japan, I ask that the congress declare a state of War.
Rafe: Danny, you can’t die. You can’t die. You know why? ‘Cause you’re gonna be a father. You’re gonna be a daddy. I wasn’t supposed to tell you. You’re gonna be a father.
Danny: No, you are.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Victory belongs to those who believe in it the most and believe in it the longest. We’re gonna believe. We’re gonna make America believe too.
Evelyn: Every night I watch the sunset and soak up every last ray of its warmth, and send it from my heart to yours.
Rafe: You are so beautiful it hurts.
Evelyn: It’s your nose that hurts.
Rafe: I think it’s my heart.
Admiral Yamamoto: A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war.
Evelyn: If I had one more night to live… I’d wanna spend it with you.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: You know what top secret is?”
Rafe: Yes, sir. It’s the kind of mission where you get medals, but they send ’em to your relatives.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt: How long is America going to pretend, that the world is not at war? From Berlin, Rome and Tokyo, were have been described as a nation of weaklings and playboys who hire British or Russian, or Chinese soldiers, to do our fighting for us. We’ve been trained to think we’re invincible, and our people think Hitler and his Nazi thugs are Europe’s problem. We have to do more. Does anyone think that victory is possible without facing danger? At times like these we all need to be reminded who we truely are. That we will not give up or give in.