We should not overlook the assault that introduced the U.S. into WWII.
By Alan Bauer
The place have been you 77 years in the past Friday? Because the voices of the “Best Era” develop fewer by the day, it’s very important these of us who adopted preserve alive the reminiscence of what occurred on Dec. 7, 1941.
For lots of us, the query is: The place have been you on Sept. 11, 2001? We do not forget that day. It was a day that modified our lives. We vowed to “always remember.”
Generations earlier than us, nonetheless, have been requested the place they have been when the assaults on Pearl Harbor befell. It was the day their lives modified ceaselessly. They vowed to “always remember.”
However as time marches on, the “date which is able to reside in infamy” tends to get relegated to the pages of historical past books. Those that recall the day, lots of whom went on to serve the nation in varied methods all through World Conflict II, are fewer in quantity. After we lose them, we lose these firsthand recollections. We lose somebody who vowed to “always remember” about Pearl Harbor.
Now it’s our job to take care of the recollections of the assault, of the women and men who misplaced their lives that day and of those that made the final word sacrifice in World Conflict II.
People, being what we’re, are likely to view “our second” as being crucial — the occasion that generations to return should, above all else, “always remember.” It’s a pure response, however it can also blind us to the occasions that occurred earlier than our time.
Certainly, we received’t overlook the planes crashing into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a area in Pennsylvania. We are going to all the time bear in mind the heroes of that day, and those who adopted. And we wish these recollections to endure.
However, if we count on Individuals within the many years forward to “always remember” the occasions of 2001, it’s our job, right now, to maintain the reminiscence of Pearl Harbor alive.
On Friday, let’s try this. Let’s speak about it with a teen, make a social media publish, thank a veteran or do one thing else to make sure nobody ever forgets Pearl Harbor.