I wasn’t aware of the date until I’d gotten to work this morning. Had a fight with the husband last night so naturally I’ve had very little sleep and am not quite “all here” today. My apologies for the tardiness of this post.
I’ve spent most of my lunch hour scouring favorite news blogs and local news sites. And honestly, I’m disheartened to see so little mention of today’s anniversary, if any at all. Not even Google has anything up.
I’m very disappointed in you, Google.
On the other hand, Bing has a very nice image of the memorial displayed with interactive tidbits and links. National Geographic also has a nice multimedia medley.
Thankfully, there are a few blogs covering the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941:
- Remembering Pearl Harbor: Retired Birmingham doctor honors first black Alabamian to die in WWII
- Pearl Harbor Day to be marked quietly by survivor
- December 7th, 1941, “A Date which will live in Infamy.” “The Song of the Seabee’s”
- Air Raid Pearl Harbor. This Is Not A Drill
- Remembering Pearl Harbor: 69 years
- Morning Cup of Links: Pearl Harbor Day
As I’ve said before, my faith teaches forgiveness, and I am the first to admit that perhaps I need to practice a bit more of that. But forgiving a wrong does not also mean forgetting it altogether. George Santayana said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
It’s been 69 years, America. Have we learned anything yet?
To those of you reading this: Hug your soldiers and veterans and thank them for us.
I was 8 years old on December 7, 1941. I recall our family huddled around our radio listening to the reports about the Japanese attack on our forces in Hawaii. The next day the US Congress declared war against Japan. Three days later, after Germany and Italy declared war against the USA, Congress declared war against them.
In the United States only Congress has the power under the Constitution to declare war. It has not done so since passing a Declaration of War bill against Romania in 1942, but just think of how many times our troops have been sent into battle since then. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_history_events#1940-1945).