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.
71 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Let us remember the fallen & give thanks to the Greatest Generation for defending our freedom.— Rep. Bill Flores (@RepBillFlores) December 7, 2012
71 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked. We honor the survivors and members of the #GreatestGeneration today and always!— Rep. Hansen Clarke (@RepHansenClarke) December 7, 2012
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.
It’s important that we honor the heroes from that “greatest generation,” and pass along their story to young people today.— Rep. Martha Roby(@RepMarthaRoby) December 7, 2012
One amazing program that does both is the Honor Flight network, which provides WWII vets trips to see the WWII monument built in their honor— Rep. Martha Roby(@RepMarthaRoby) December 7, 2012
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) thought of her father, a veteran, and Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) had her home state on her mind.
On this Pearl Harbor Day, I am thinking of my father and all of those who have served on behalf of our nation.— Niki Tsongas (@nikiinthehouse) December 7, 2012
We recognize those at Pearl Harbor and Hawaii’s families as they came together during great conflict and uncertainty 1.usa.gov/VPiL5M— Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 7, 2012
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.