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December 7, 1941

Today is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and I have been sucked into a documentary, Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After on the History Channel.  So far, this is a fascinating look at FDR’s reaction to the attack.  It is amazing to think about how slowly news traveled less than a century ago, when today we are bombarded with information at our fingertips.  And it is equally impressive to see how quickly FDR moved to bring the US into the war.

Meghan and I had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor when we were in Hawaii for our honeymoon.  It remains one of the most powerful places I have ever visited.  Standing on the ground where the world literally changed,  above the water where 2,402 lives were taken, seeing and smelling the oil still coming to the surface from sunken naval ships, I was filled with emotion.  Even today, looking back at the photographs I took, I still feel those emotions.

Today, take a few moments to give thanks to the sacrifices that members of our Armed Forces make every day to ensure that our freedoms are maintained.  We owe them our thanks every day.

 

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy” -FDR

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This entry was posted on December 7, 2011 by in Peter Waterman's posts.
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