“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of American was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.“, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It was 63 years ago today that America was attacked at Pearl Harbor. The action hurt us badly, and also focused our strengths and resolve. I read somewhere recently that a survivor of that attack had been invited, as in years past, to speak at a local school of that day. He noticed lately that “people just don’t seem to care. Maybe it was too long ago.”
It was a long time ago, to be sure. I honestly believe that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom and vigilance is not maintained when you forget the lessons of the past. So I remember that attack on this day. I remember my visits to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl, the tribute to the fallen and a reminder that even in paradise you keep your eyes open.
We have our enemies today as they had then. We’ve had the sneak attack by enemies with far less honor than those that flew their planes over the waters of Pearl those many years ago. Today I recall the lessons learned by those young men and women that Sunday morning on Oahu. I will honor them by never forgetting and remaining vigilant.