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Lest we forget . . . December 7,1941

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    Lest we forget . . . December 7,1941

    At 7:48 AM local time (12:48 PM Eastern, 6:18 PM GMT) Japan initiated a sneak attack on the US military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. 2403 Americans were killed and another 1178 were wounded. At the same time, Japan launched attacks against the Philippines, Guam, Wake Island, the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The next day, December 8th, the US declared war on Japan. On December 11th, Germany and Italy declared war on the US.



    The resulting global conflict eventually cost over 60 million lives.

    The world was, and remains, a far more dangerous place than most living today can understand or are willing to admit. We must never forget . . .

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    "A date which will live in infamy."

    Dec. 7, 1941......the attack on Pearl Harbor......2335 servicemen and women lost their lives.




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    He who has not Christmas in his heart, will never find it under a tree.
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    Can never forget. Teach our grandchildren.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Can never forget. Teach our grandchildren.
    Teach our grandchildren? How about teaching our grown kids. While watching "Hell's kitchen" a few weeks ago a 37 year old chef made reference to the "Nazis bombing Pearl Harbor"!
    Some years ago our local VA hospital had to remove a framed newspaper headline because it was not politically correct: "JAPS SURRENDER"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGM View Post
    Teach our grandchildren? How about teaching our grown kids. While watching "Hell's kitchen" a few weeks ago a 37 year old chef made reference to the "Nazis bombing Pearl Harbor"!
    Some years ago our local VA hospital had to remove a framed newspaper headline because it was not politically correct: "JAPS SURRENDER"!
    I've assumed we have already taught our children... but like that one example you cited, in case thy are confused or forgot, I would like to ensure our grandchildren are in the know. If they are, no harm done.

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    I suspect in a few years most will think, "Pearl Harbor, I've heard of that but what is it?" Someone will answer, "I think it's a volcano on the coast of Italy, or somewhere." After this generation passes I suspect War 2 will become an fading memory.

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    I HATED "JAPS" during WW2. I have come to know things are different today, but lingering is the knowledge of yesterday. I now judge them differently as I know they do us. They took my favorite uncle, but his legacy is still intact and that of a good man.
    We are either growing or dying.

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    On that day (I was a lot younger) I wondered WHY THE JAPANESE ???
    John

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    That was THE "Where Were You When You Heard The News" event of my parents lifetime.
    Unfortunately I fear we have at least three such moments: Kennedy's assination, Challenger Disaster and of course 9/11

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