It’s Been Called…A Day Of Infamy!



On this day in history, 7 Dec 41, our nation was shocked by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and our sudden and immediate thrust into WWII.
The metal from the damaged ships and structures hadn’t cooled, when our nation’s collective will to enter the war, and be victorious, had emerged. Remembering all of the lives lost from that day, over thirty eight hundred, is worthy of our remembrance for several reasons, most particularly as they served and sacrificed in a war that they didn’t know existed, and became an inspiration for a proud nation, that would avenge their deaths, and not let them be in vane.
As I sit here, thinking of this historic day, drinking my coffee, clacking on a keyboard, surrounded with my possessions, I owe everything to the men and women of Pearl Harbor. Without their service and sacrifice, and the resulting resolve of our nation, I doubt any of the things we take for granted would be possible…I may not have been possible. The attack on Pearl Harbor was more than a military defeat at the hands of a vicious enemy. It was a wake-up call that tyrants, despots, and madmen were trying to kill or enslave us, and destroy our way of life. Americans answered the threats, and united as never before…or since.
Did we need a Pearl Harbor to become actualized against the threats to our freedoms? Sitting here, thinking about it, and all that transpired, I would have to say yes, that it was the catalyst for our nation to understand what was worth fighting for.
My greatest concern today, thinking of this historic day, is that this nation is no longer unified, doesn’t recognize the threats to our freedoms, and that there are those who, once again, wish to destroy our way of life, and/or enslave us. I believe the attacks on 11 Sep 01 were a wake-up call, as much as Pearl Harbor, with several distinct differences, mostly that it was a symbolic attack on some of our best known landmarks, and that those targeted for death were civilians, not military. We were unified as a nation for a period of time after that attack, but most have fallen back into their selfish daily pursuits, and are not willing to make any personal sacrifices in order to win, and aren’t required too, as we are a nation of plenty, and privations aren’t required.
God Bless all those men and women of Pearl Harbor, and my personal thanks for your sacrifice, in helping a nation find it’s way. May your day of infamy always be remembered, for your sacrifice, and for your example, of how a great nation can find the strength in tragedy, to fight for what is right and worthy.

2 Responses

  1. Amen……

  2. “We were unified as a nation for a period of time after that attack, but most have fallen back into their selfish daily pursuits, and are not willing to make any personal sacrifices in order to win, and aren’t required too, as we are a nation of plenty, and privations aren’t required.”

    I wonder if people have any idea of just how close the terrorists came to crashing our entire financial system that day. Systems, backups, and contingency plans have been evaluated and changed since then, but the question of where they will attack next doesn’t seem like much of a concern to the general public. I am grateful for GWB’s commitment to national security. History will remember.

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