(Washington D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D – WA) today released the following statement on the 65th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Senator Murray is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and is the daughter of a World War II veteran.

"Today we remember the sacrifices of those who perished at Pearl Harbor and recognize the great service of those who fought for our freedoms during World War II. This somber anniversary reminds us both of the 2,100 American lives that were lost that day and the extraordinary response by our united country. On this day in 1941 a new chapter in American history began as our country's greatest generation began their call to service.

"Today is also a great day to honor and thank all of America's veterans who have sacrificed for our country. The freedoms that we enjoy today are a gift from the men and women who have worn the uniform of our country. We must continue to work towards honoring that gift by providing veterans with the care and services that they have earned."