December Seventh

Local Iowa temps provide a recent example of the roller-coaster, up and down ride life can give us at times.

But can you imagine living through the attack on Pearl Harbor? I just heard a survivor interviewed on a news program. A typical Sunday morning at Hickam Field…breakfast as usual . . . and then the attack.

Japanese naval aircraft prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier (reportedly Shokaku) to attack Pearl Harbor during the morning of 7 December 1941. Plane in the foreground is a Zero Fighter. This is probably the launch of the second attack wave. The original photograph was captured on Attu in 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

It’s good to recall that day, wise to consider how the world changed for so many in such a brief amount of time. A “sleeping giant” had been rudely awakened.

Puts things in perspective . . .

1 thought on “December Seventh

  1. “A day that will live in infamy” indeed; or so we thought. If you ask young people today, most will have no idea what the attack on Pearl Harbor was. They won’t know who perpetrated it; and worse can’t name any three battles that resulted from it unless it’s in a theater or on Netflix. I’m not railing against our youth Ms. Gail; but against the parents and grandparents who have not held this truth in their hearts. Freedom is not free. You must fight for it, you must honor it, and you must remember its cost. To my knowledge, World War II remains the costliest fight for liberty and freedom in our nation’s history in terms of lives lost. I suspect it will remain so because the majority of American society today is not willing to pay the price to keep it. Just ask our politicians. Notice I said “politicians” and not national leaders, for there’s little if any real leadership left. God’s blessings; and thank you for helping to keep our nation’s history alive.

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