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On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. FDR requested that Congress issue a Declaration of War. The next day, the president went on the air (at that time radio) and made his infamous speech.
You can view an image of his original speech, as typed and corrected, here.
Many Americans heeded the call to patriotism. They joined the ranks of the military, they flooded the factories to gear up, they planted victory gardens, bought war bonds, and they lived with hardships and rationing.
Had they not done these things, and had many other good people around the world not stood up to the Axis war machine through fighting and resistance, the world would be a very different place now.
To my uncle who reads this blog, and who was a little too young to join the military, but did anyway. To my uncle who has passed and went with his kid brother to the enlistment line. To all of my friends whose parents, uncles and aunts did the same, and to all of the people I don't know who also stood up: