President Biden’s Visit to The World War II Memorial On The 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

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Sanaya Gupta

On Dec. 7, 2021, the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. to pay their respects. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor took place on Dec. 7, 1941and killed 2,403 Americans. The next day, on Dec. 8, 1941, The U.S. declared war on Japan.

The President was seen saluting a wreath in the center of the memorial. The wreath includes a sunflower, the state flower of Kansas to honor Senator Bob Dole who recently passed away. The senator sustained severe injuries during his time serving during World War II. 

Both the President and First Lady then walked to the New Jersey pillar of the memorial where Jill Biden was seen placing a bouquet of flowers. This was done to honor her father Donald Jacobs who served in the navy during the war.

The visit came before a tense, two-hour video call between the President and Vladimir Putin of Russia where they discussed Russia’s army buildup at Ukraines border.