California’s governor issued a proclamation recognizing Thursday as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
"Today, while still deploring the treachery of one country attacking another without provocation, we remember with even greater awe the valor of those who defended Pearl Harbor, and the many more who answered their country's call in the ensuing mobilization," Gov. Jerry Brown wrote in his proclamation. "The 2,402 members of the armed forces who gave their lives that day will always live in our hearts as true American heroes."
The attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago was the catalyst which prompted the United States to enter World War II.
The U.S. and Japan became allies after World War II and have been ever since.