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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.

This entry was posted on Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 1:21 pm by Rich Liebson. |
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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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