Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbor; a date never forgotten

   Seventy years ago today, well before I was around, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in a surprise and unprovoked move.
   Like other parts of WWII-the Normandy invasion, the battle of Iwo Jima and the raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi-much of today's population isn't familiar with these important times in our nation's history.
   Several years ago I wrote about Normandy, France following an emotional visit to this historic place. Sometime later I was contacted by a local radio station for an interview.
   One of the questions I was asked had to do with whether today, people remembered the invasion and the sacrifices that went on there.
   I answered no, that these things weren't being taught in schools anymore. It's important we remember and pause to reflect on these historic dates like today's and Pearl Harbor.
   If you have a flag, lower it to half staff. Not only in honor of those that gave their lives at Pearl, but in all the rest of the campaigns the U.S. has been in to bring peace and freedom to our country.

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