Monday, December 6, 2010
Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941: A day that will live in infamy
Are you old enough to remember Pearl Harbor?
Most of us remember the unprovoked attack.
Even those of us not yet born in 1941.
If we’ve read the books. Seen the movies.
The movie “Pearl Harbor” glamorized history.
Romanticized it, too. Movies are designed for that.
To stir our emotions. Even bring a few tears.
But the real 1941 attack awoke a sleeping giant.
Here’s a secret if you want to know about WWII.
Talk to veterans. Listen to their stories.
They are dying at a rate of 1,000 a day.
They will not be with us much longer.
Most are modest. But if you listen, a few will talk.
I tried for years to convince a WWII veteran to talk.
He was wounded at Normandy and at the Bulge.
The memories must have been too painful to recount.
He had a great story to share but kept it to himself.
It is up to us to teach our younger generations.
To teach them the lessons of our wars.
Valley Forge. Gettysburg. Normandy. Iwo Jima.
Korea. Vietnam. Desert Storm. Iraq. Afghanistan.
Teach them about courage. About our values.
About the legacy our forefathers left for us.
Make a commitment to read the books.
“30 Seconds Over Tokyo” or God Is My Co-Pilot”.
“Guadalcanal Diary” or “To Hell and Back”.
They teach important lessons about our people.
We are the best hope the world has ever had.
Freedom. Opportunity. The good life.
We make sacrifices so others can enjoy them.
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