Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Pearl Harbor Attacked 70 Years Ago Today
70 years ago today, the war came to us.
The United States territory of Hawaii was attacked by the Empire of Japan at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, and, by the end of the next day, we were fully involved in World War II.
Of course, over the years, there have been conspiracy theories and controversies. Old wounds have scarred over and the United States now finds itself in a close ally relationship with Japan. Even some of the combatants of that horrible day have become friends.
Today, we rightly honor the 2,390 Americans that died that day at Pearl Harbor. We also honor the countless sailors and soldiers that survived that day and fought bravely for the next few years in a true global conflict. Some made it home, and some did not.
Today should also shine a light on a generation that we are losing at a too rapid pace. World War II veterans are aging and passing on. It's estimated that out of the 16,112,566 members of the armed forces during World War II that only 2,079,000 are still living, and we are losing an estimated 850 PER DAY, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. You would figure as these vets age that number will go up. Within six or seven years, we could be seeing a good number of these veterans gone forever.
That's why it's important to honor them while they are here. Thanks to all the World War II vets and all the veterans out there in the world today. We honor your service and sacrifice.
Of course today, we remember Pearl Harbor and those that sacrificed so much that day. We also hope for a world full of peace and love this holiday season.