Pearl Harbor Day

In case this was before your time, as is likely to be the case, 65 years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Since I blog about things that are all too easily forgotten, what better a subject to post on.

I freely admit, I did not wake up this morning and look at the date and immediately say a prayer for all that paid the ultimate sacrifice to motivate the nation into fighting the ever spreading fascism that, up until this day, had remained on foreign soil. Sadly, I had to read Lex’s Pearl Harbor post to be reminded of the significance of this day in history when the country was poked in the eye and that generation learned a brutal lesson about complacency in the face of tyranny abroad.

Sure, it happened 32 years before I was born. My memory is not permanently etched with where I was, what I was doing, or how I’d come to learn of the dreadful event as it is with 9/11. The impact is less today than it was 65 years ago because the immediate connection with the loss no longer exists for most of my generation, and those after me. Time heals all wounds for a good reason; lest there be no forgiveness when it is due and the world would not possibly be the (relatively) peaceful place that it is today.

But, that doesn’t mean we should ever forget the fallen, nor the lessons learned. We owe a debt of gratitude that cannot be justly expressed to the generations before us. Lex did a superb job, as he always does, and I suggest you go read it now if you haven’t already.

And then take a moment of silence of your own.

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