Day of Infamy
It’s been 68 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor thrust America into World War II. Although President Franklin Roosevelt called Dec. 11, 1941 “a date that will live in infamy,” it seems that Pearl Harbor Day barely receives any recognition any more.
That’s a travesty, but I suppose it’s something that occurs naturally with the march of time. I’ll bet that few Americans can tell you when the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord or when the Union and Confederates clashed at Gettysburg or when their great-grandfathers fought in the trenches of Europe during World War I.
In the long run, it’s not the dates that matter – it’s the fact that throughout our history, men and women in uniform have given their lives for this country. We may not know their names, or when, where and how they died, but every day each of us should be aware of, and thankful for the sacrifices they made.