I always think of my grandfather when this anniversary comes around. He enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks. My mother still wears his wings pinned on her coat. Gramps never talked about his time spent serving our country, but did instill in me a great respect and admiration for our nation’s military. He’s been gone just over 15 years now, but I still think of him often. I pray for those with whom he served and their loved ones, and wonder — how many are left today? According to this article by Reuters, there are about 2,700 Pearl Harbor veterans still among us today.
And that number shrinks dramatically every year.
I never got the chance to thank my grandfather for his service. But if you have someone in your life who is serving or has served, or even just someone you see in passing, thank them for me.
A few recommended reads:
- National Geographic: Remembering Pearl Harbor
- BlackFive: Remember Pearl Harbor Dec 7 1941
- Hooah Wife & Friends: Pearl Harbor: 70 Years
- Michelle Malkin: Remembering Pearl Harbor: 70 years
- The Birmingham News: Pearl Harbor important then and now
- MSNBC/Reuters: Pearl Harbor veteran recalls bewilderment of attack