It’s been 72 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, “The day which will live in infamy.” More than 2,400 Americans were killed that day. As I have over the years, I check our paper Dec. 7 (and also June 6, which is, of course, D-Day) for an article or some mention or recognition of these days. Sadly, this Dec. 7, there was no mention of this day or what it meant to our country.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed and essentially asked Congress to declare war against Japan. Unlike the gridlock of today, his request was granted the same day. I am a generation removed from our World War II soldiers, but I hate to see these days go unnoticed in our local paper.
I imagine there are a lot of people walking around who haven’t a clue of what occurred on Dec. 7, 1941, and June 6, 1944. These were two monumental days in our history, and I believe that if we remember them, we at least are paying some respect, however small, to those who did serve and sacrifice for us. Maybe next year.