Thanksgiving was over, the Christmas buying season had begun. The President and Congress had been trying trying increasingly socialist spending to get the economy running again. Our enemies around the world were working for our downfall, but no one expected the next attack. People were tired of thinking about the problems.
Still, it was the first Saturday in December and everyone was turning their attention to the coming holidays, making travel planes, decorating, and buying presents. Guard relaxed, attention diverted.
In 1941, the first Saturday in December was the 6th. Six aircraft carriers carrying 350 planes were steaming east across the Pacific. They belonged to an enemy that intended to strike a mortal blow to our Navy, most of which was anchored at Pearl Harbor.
That is not to say that we can relax our readiness to defend ourselves. Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves.
–Chester W. Nimitz