Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Forgotten? Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941, is a day that will live infamy. Sadly, the day is being quickly forgotten. Have you heard anything today about it? Probably not. Wedged between Thanksgiving and Christmas, most people are thinking about other things. But this day changed the world.
In 1994, Congress made this day National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Many veterans of World War II are dying. Soon, only a handful will be left. The Greatest Generation will soon be gone. We can only hope that as Donald Trump takes office, that America will make up some ground that was lost over the past eight years. We have made the world less safe.
But our men and women in the 1940's, defeated world powers of evil and made this country a true world leader.
2,403 Americans lost their life in this attack.
The USS Arizona was left underwater. Alone, 1,777 crew members were among the casualties.
The USS Oklahoma lost 429 men.
USS Utah lost 58.
Did those lives die in vain? Think about this. The very next day, The United States declared war on Japan and became part of World War II. Without the United States entering the war, where would we be today?
This wartime era of America, and the some of the world, became life with sacrifice, willingness, strength, and courage to defeat evil. Perhaps this was the last time this will ever happen.
We salute The Greatest Generation.