Congress reflects on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are tweeting about Pearl Harbor on the 71st anniversary of the day Japan attacked the Navy base in Hawaii.

Congress is marking the date by paying tribute to members of the military and current veterans as well as those in the past, with a special emphasis on “the greatest generation,” a term coined by Tom Brokaw. Reps. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Sen. Toomey (R-Pa.) all used the term in their tweets.

Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) also promoted the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that funds trips for World War 2 veterans to see the World War 2 Memorial in Washington, D.C. A documentary about the program recently screened in the Capitol.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) noted an Honor Flight visit in another tweet.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) thought of her father, a veteran, and Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) had her home state on her mind.

President Obama posted a photo from his visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii last year along with his official presidential proclamation marking the date.

— Alicia Cohn contributed.

Updated at 3:03 p.m.

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