Sunday, December 07, 2008

Do you know what today is (was)?

Today, December 7th, is a “day that will live in infamy.” If you want to read or listen, go here. Or just read what came into my mailbox this morning, thanks to History.com.

The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.

Of course, I can’t remember the day, because I was not here, but my parents do. My Dad joined the Army (soon to be transferred to the Army / Air Corp – which was later turned into the Air Force) in 1940, and his training was speeded up after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Because of the war, Dad was sent down to Florida for training. Mom followed him down and they married the day after he got his wings. That was July 4th, 1942. Then Dad was in the war. I have a book that he wrote about being in the war. If you are interested, email me and I will send you a PDF copy of that book. He flew bombers in Europe while Mom and I waited at home.

Back to Pear Harbor! How many remember the reason that this day is so “special” and so remembered by the older generation. Is this being taught in the schools? I wonder. For the modern generation, “history” is something that happened yesterday or last year!

Let’s all take a few minutes today to think of the happenings 67 years ago today. Japan’s actions brought the United States into a terrible war. But because of “us” entering the war, Britain was more than likely saved from being over-run by the Nazis and Germany (as well as the rest of Europe) was rescued from a dictator that was evil incarnate.


I hate war, but sometimes it is necessary. Let’s remember the men and women that died in that war to keep the world safe from evil. But let us continue to pray for peace throughout the world.

1 comment:

Leslie Shelor said...

It's so hard to believe that it has been so many years ago. I grew up with great-uncles that fought in WWII, and one of them never came back.