Monday, December 7, 2015

Always Remember Pearl Harbor

Ships on Fire after Pearl Harbor Attack
"December 7, 1941.  A date that will live in infamy."

The words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ring through the annals of time just as they did the day he said them.

On that date, as you well know, the Empire of Japan attacked United States installations at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base leaving much of the Pacific Fleet in flames, damaged, or at the bottom of the water.  2,500+ died, and another 1,000+ were wounded.  Many perished instantly when a Japanese-dropped bomb destroyed the USS Arizona killing 1,177 sailors.

The United States had been dragged into World War II by the next day.  Before we knew it, we were engaged on the Pacific and the Atlantic Fronts.  The United States was at war.

So many of the men and women of that era are passing before our eyes.  Some 16 million veterans survived World War II.  Some went to Korea just a few years later.  Today, just an estimated 1.7 million survive, and the daily obituaries tell a grim story.

We are losing World War II vets at the rate of 600 per day.  That means that by the end of this week, 3,000 fewer will be here.

Thankfully organizations like Indy Honor Flight are bringing attention to what these vets did for us and are taking them to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials our country was all too late in building for them.  We must do whatever we can to remember Pearl Harbor and what these many veterans did for us on and after that date.

To those that saved the world in World War II, thank you.  Thank you very much.  I appreciate what you did for the free world.  You are the true superheroes.

But, it all began on a beautiful December morning in Hawaii.  This blogger will always remember Pearl Harbor!

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