Pearl Harbor Presentation at Clear Lake VFW on December 7

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bennett Smith, faculty of the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Lifelong Learning Institute will hold a free presentation on Wednesday, December 7 from 3:00 -5:00 pm at the Clear Lake VFW Post 4868 at 219 Main Avenue.

“…Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan….”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s opening line in this speech to Congress on December 8, 1941 asked for a Declaration of War against the Empire of Japan and ushered in a significant turning point in World War II. America lost over 2,400 lives that day in an attack that was forever seared into the memory of the generation that experienced it. It also energized the American fighting spirit in a way that has perhaps never been rivaled.

The objective of this presentation and round table is to honor the service and sacrifice of those who were at Pearl Harbor that day and all American veterans who have served our country in uniform. This event is free and open to the public. To register, call the NIACC Lifelong Learning Institute at 641-422-4358.

Bennett Smith is an instructor in history and political science at North Iowa Area Community College. He is also an instructor in various lifelong learning programs including the NIACC Lifelong Learning Institute; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University and the LIFE program at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication and a Master of Arts degree in history from Iowa State University. He has also done graduate work at the University of Iowa in Social Foundations of Education.

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