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Remembering Pearl Harbor 70 Years Later

The events of Pearl Harbor were obviously way before my time.  They were before my dad’s time too so any knowledge of the events of December 7, 1941 largely come from the History Channel, books and some grainy black and white video (and just to clarify, I’m NOT including the 2001 Ben Affleck movie as part of the official historical record).

Pearl Harbor was very much the original 9/11.  Both being foreign attacks seemingly with little provocation (in the public’s eyes at least), they thrust the United States into a state of war that brought our nation together against a common enemy.  The attacks in both cases fundamentally changed the nation’s defensive posturing and brought significant changes in how the USA handled foreign issues and relationships.

I’ve never been to the Pearl Harbor memorial out in Hawaii but I’ve always wanted to go.  The fact that they’ve kept the site in almost the same post-attack condition over the years can certainly only serve to make the entire experience that much more vivid.  That the Arizona is still sitting below the water’s surface with countless servicemen still entombed within has to be a humbling and sobering visual to anyone that sees it firsthand.

My only direct experience with Pearl Harbor now is watching a handful of veterans who were there that day marching in the annual Independence Day parade.  The ovation they receive from the crowd is by far the largest every day and these guys deserve it.  I think it’s always been (but especially after 9/11) important to stand and salute anybody who’s served in any branch of the military as the sacrifices and commitments they have made make it possible to live the lives we enjoy today.

Today, we honor everybody who served or made the ultimate sacrifice at Pearl Harbor.  And for that matter, servicemen and servicewomen everywhere.

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  1. December 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Very nice 🙂 Have you ever seen the movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!”? Black and white, American side made by the Americans from the American perspective, Japanese parts made by the Japanese from their perspective, one of the greatest films ever made.

    • December 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      I have not. Actually, I should say that I’ve only seen bits and pieces of it. Never all the way through though. One of these that’s always on my to do but never enough free time to actually do it.

  2. December 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I too believe the people who served at Pearl Harbor deserve our respect and remembrance for their service at that time in our history. Good to have you visit and “like” one of my post!

    • December 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks for visiting and for leaving a note. I’ll be sure to check back on your stuff from time to time too!

  3. December 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Wonderful tribute. Visited PH Memorial once … awesome, respectful, and moving. Hope you get to visit it in the future.

    In the not too distant future, the WW II soldiers will be a memory. You may recall that the last WW I vet passed away in early 2011 (Feb?).

    Well done.

    • December 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      It’s kind of sad that all the firsthand memories of events like this are slowly fading away and we’ll only have TV and video left.

      Someday, I’ll get out to Pearl Harbor to visit the memorial. Someday…

  4. December 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Good blog. Our past determines our futures.

    • December 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      Very true! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. December 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Love the tribute, I had the chance to see Pearl Harbor and it was a moving experience.
    Hope you get the chance to see it one day.

    • December 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks. I’ll get out there sooner or later. I’m really looking forward to seeing it.

  6. December 9, 2011 at 6:42 am

    You are to be commended for paying tribute to such a pivotal moment in history; not everyone takes the time to honor the Fallen like you have. Nicely done.

    • December 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      I have several family and friends that are current or ex-military. I think it’s always important to honor the people that do a job that I would not want to.

  7. December 10, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I visited the memorial a few years ago. It is worth visiting, it is a sobering experience realising that the remains of so many still lie in the USS Arizona and the memorial is a fitting tribute to those that lost their lives.

    • December 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      I still find it intriguing how big parts of the site have been left to remain undisturbed. I think that really adds to the overall effect of the site.

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