National Day Calendar
December 7, 2021 - National Illinois Day | National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Welcome to December 7, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a state that stays cozy and remember the day that will live in infamy.
There are plenty of things you can see during a typical Chicago winter. Ice skating at Maggie Daley Park…People walking on Lake Michigan…Train tracks being set on fire. Seriously. Chicago winters can get very cold. Cold enough to affect the operation of the city’s L Train. Sub-freezing temperatures cause the metal rails to contract, which pulls them apart at their connection. Chicago Transit Authority workers light the tracks ablaze to monitor the flames. This may sound crazy, but this simple act keeps the train system running throughout the winter months. On National Illinois Day, celebrate by visiting the Prairie State which has plenty to offer even when the weather outside is frightful.
On this day in 1941 more than 3,500 Americans lost their lives or were wounded when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the Naval Station Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The ambush was designed to destroy our U.S. Pacific Fleet. Up until this time the United States had remained neutral but on November 8th President Roosevelt announced the beginning of our military involvement in World War II. Today, the USS Arizona lies beneath the surface of gentle waves. As a tribute to their lost comrades more than 44 survivors of the attack have chosen to have their ashes laid to rest on this sacred site. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day we display our nation’s flag at half mast until sunset and remember the day that will live in infamy.
I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
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