It was then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who made that "day of infamy" speech after Imperial Japanese forces attacked the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
Just over 2400 U.S. service members will killed in the attack which prompted America's official entry into World War Two.
Gov. Mike Beebe and Secretary of State Mark Martin spoke at the ceremony.
Beebe recounted the sense of trepidation Japanese Admiral Isoruko Yamamoto felt after the attack, saying he feared Japan had awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.
Few Pearl Harbor survivors are alive as the World War Two generation is fading into time.
The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs reports there are only 21,000 World War Two vets still living in the Natural State.