Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, which was THE defining event of that generation. For those of you who are a little younger and reading this, it would be to them what 9/11 has become for us. The folks who were stationed in that tropical paradise in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941 had no idea the hell that was about to descend upon them, and even when the invading planes were picked up on radar they failed to identify them for what they really were. And even as the first bombs began to drop, I am sure that on one in the immediate vicinity realized where the events of that day would lead the nation.
What was born of that day, that place, and that event, aside from the ravages of World War II, were countless and unbelieveable acts of heroism and selflessness, many that have been documented over the years, and many that were known only to those involved. And so even though every year the group that gathers to remember on at the memorial that is perched on top of the USS Arizona gets a little smaller and a little older, the significance of the event does not and should not ever fade. Take a moment today to reflect on what it must have been like, and to honor those who gave their lives in that very first of the battles of one of the greatest wars of all time. Happy Anniversary to Pearl Harbor, and thank you to all those who were there.