The Greatest Generation

     It wouldn’t be right for this day to pass by without recognizing that this is the 70th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.  On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, killing 2,390 American servicemen and civilians and wounding 1,282.  All 8 battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or badly damaged – including the U.S.S. Arizona.  The sudden attack prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to make his famous “Day of Infamy” speech where he stated, “With confidence in our armed forces — with the unbounded determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.”  That was back when we had a president that believed in the military (and in achieving a victory!) and in the resilience of the American people.  In fact, that generation of Americans sacrificed so much to get through those years that then ushered in some of the most prosperous times in our nation’s history.  As The Greatest Generation daily passes on, it’s up to the rest of us to keep their sacrifice in mind as we strive to hang on to what’s left of our freedom.  If you want to see some rarely-seen footage of the attack, check it out here.  Even in black and white, the images are frightening and give us just a small glimpse of what it must have been like on that day.

The USS Arizona burns on December 7, 1941

 

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