"Today, we observe the attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago and we honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The date that lives in infamy changed the course of our nation's history, and following the attack, Americans came together as one to fight for our freedom, our democracy and the values this nation was founded upon.
"Nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers went on to serve in World War II, more than from any other state in the nation. These courageous service members put their lives on the line for our country, and their service continues to deliver freedom that we are grateful for each and every day. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I thank the service members who answered the call that day and those who continue to fight for our freedom today."