As the World War 11 veterans die off, as time passes, as history fades, the cry that Pearl Harbor will never be forgotten comes into better focus. The younger generations coming up have little to no idea what Pearl Harbor was, how the attack by the Japanese sinking the American
Pacific Fleet altered world history.
The younger people are caught up in a life twist all of their own – dedicated more to their cell phones, their computers and their face book accounts than anything else.
What President Franklin Roosevelt called “A Day of Infamy,” is now a living war memorial day of sorts, to recall that Japanese attack.
There are only a handful of veterans left who can recall the attack.
The World War 11 heroes scattered here and there across the nation are leaving us as fast as our remembrance of history tends to leave us in today’s 24/7 news cycle.
However, Baby Boomers, many of whose parents fought in World War 11, carry on the remembrance of that attack, of people likeRoosevelt, of times when America was a far different place than it is today.
American society today tends to forget or to overlook nearly everything that once mattered.
That we recall the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, is reflective of how defining a moment it was in the 20th Century history of this great nation.
The Japanese destroyed our navy in the Pacific. They went on to attack and to occupy much of the English, Dutch and American Empires in the Pacific while the Nazis continued their rampage in Europe.
The attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into the war.
We became known as the Arsenal of Democracy as we armed the free world to fight imperialism in the East and Fascism in Europe.
American armies, navies and air forces served with bravery on battlefields around the world and aided in ridding the world of evil.It all began for us at Pearl Harbor, which we should never forget.
A people who forget the lessons of the past are doomed to relive them.