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On a quiet morning 75 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 more wounded. Twenty-one ships of the Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, including the USS Arizona. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photos from World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by National Park Service.

Remembering Roy Lichtenstein, born on this day in 1923! 

His monumental sculpture, “Brushstroke,” sits on our plaza, facing the National Mall. Lichtenstein, who emerged with Robert Indiana, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and others in the early 1960s, contributed to the development of American Pop art with his paintings of comic-book action and melodramatic scenes. The artist began creating large-scale sculptures of painted aluminum in the 1980s, the model for “Brushstroke” was completed in 1996. The artist attended to every detail of its future realization before his death, making it one of the last examples of Lichtenstein’s ongoing engagement with the brushstroke motif.

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RIP to Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a young man who was killed while serving our nation, watching over the War Monument in Ottawa. This Remembrance Day, we will remember your sacrifice.

We also honour Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers, the hero who saved Canadian parliamentarians by taking down Corporal Circillo’s shooter as he rampaged through the Central Hall of our Parliament Buildings.

To the cowards who have attacked two members of our armed forces: You won’t keep us down. We will carry on, in memory of Corporal Circillo, and Patrice Vincent, who was killed in Quebec on Monday.

Today a woman named Bree Newsome climbed up the flag pole in front of the South Carolina State house and took down the Confederate Flag. Police harassed her and told her to come down but she said “You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come to do this in the name of God. This flag comes down today,” and then slowly came down the pole. What she did is an example of true bravery and heroism but of course she was arrested for defacing a monument. Remember this day. This woman is making history.