Friday, December 07, 2007

Forever Living In Infamy

It was 66 years ago today that life in the United States was changed forever when an early dawn sneak attack by Japanese planes on our naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii drew the nation into World War II.

21 ships and 188 aircraft were destroyed, and 2,350 military personnel, along with 68 civilians, were killed that day. More than 1,100 were injured. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the next day before a joint session of Congress, called December 7, 1941 "a day that will live in infamy."

December 7, 1941 will forever be a day that will be remembered with incredible sadness in American history, along with November 22, 1963 and September 11, 2001. The course of American history was changed forever.

The number of people who survived that day continues to decline (my friend Joe's dad is one of them) as the years progress, so please say a prayer today for those who survived, as well as for those who gave their lives that fateful day, nearly seven decades ago.

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