LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, was joined by 31 of his Michigan Senate colleagues on Wednesday in sponsoring Senate Resolution 222 recognizing the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Sen. Colbeck delivered remarks regarding the anniversary on the Senate floor.
“The devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor unified all Americans against a common enemy,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Prior to the attack at Pearl Harbor, America was divided into isolationist groups and those who believed that we needed to aid the allies already dealing with the outbreak of war in Europe, which had started in 1939. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States saw a new unity and common direction, which propelled us not only to victory, but gave us strength as a nation to allow us to do great things for decades to come.
“Today, we are focusing upon honoring those who lost their lives 75 years ago, as well as all past veterans who have fought to preserve our freedom and democracy. Today, we also reach out to the current generation and the citizens of Michigan who answer their country’s call to service, remembering Pearl Harbor by their deeds, their devotion to duty, and their willingness to defend freedom in all ways.
“It is my hope that just as we unified after that ‘Day of Infamy’ 75 years ago, that we today unify and remember what unifies us all once more. We are unified by the principles documented in the Declaration of Independence, including that we are all created equal. We are unified by our social compact called the United States Constitution, which starts with the cherished words ‘We the People.’
“This recollection should serve not just as a symbol of American valor but also as a resolve for all Americans in preserving our collective strength and unity. Such unity has propelled us in the past, and such unity can help to propel us once again. It is my hope that the people of our nation acknowledge the importance of recognizing this day, remembering what was lost, and resolving strength in unity for our country’s great future.”
Video of Sen. Colbeck’s remarks can be viewed by clicking here.