Sen. John McCain warned against complacency, noting that ''freedom is never cheap,'' as he paid tribute to the veterans of World War Two on the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Sen. John McCain warned against the complacency that is "always a a threat to our security," noting that, "freedom is never cheap," as he paid tribute to the veterans of World War Two on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. At a ceremony at the National World War Two Memorial McCain said, "December 7th, 1941 was one of the dates, on which history swung on its great hinge and the world was forever changed." "Freedom is never cheap," he said. "And those who lead this great and bravely defended nation must do our duty always to be watchful and to provide for the common defense with the resources at our disposal so that the best men and women in America will not be forced to provide for it with their lives," he said. The bombing of Pearl Harbor took place at 7:55 a.m. Honolulu time on Dec. 7, 1941, famously dubbed "a date which will live in infamy" by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Fewer than 200 survivors of the attacks there and on other military bases in Hawaii are still alive. The United States declared war on Japan the next day. Three days after that, Germany's Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States. Across the United States on Wednesday, Americans will pause to remember those who died at Pearl Harbor, and the long and difficult war that followed.