December 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of a pivotal moment in American history — the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, which propelled the United States into World War II.
The attack stunned the country and “remember Pearl Harbor” became the nation’s rally cry.
The International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, now has a new exhibit to make sure don’t forget the tragic day.
Ken Rendell founded the museum, which contains the world’s largest collection of World War II artifacts. The exhibit has more than 7,500 items on display and the museum is also about to undergo a major expansion.
On display are items like binoculars from the bridge of the U.S.S. Arizona, goggles from one of the few Japanese pilots who were shot down, and the original message announcing the attack.
“We should remember Pearl Harbor because we were surprised,” Rendell said. “I hope that what people will see is the complexity of the issues and that war is personal.”
Kevin Fidrych is one of many teachers who have visited the museum to help his history students learn about Pearl Harbor and World War II.
“When you teach adolescents about this, you hope they will be in a position to prevent catastrophic events such as this,” said Fidrych.