Sadly, today is a day that most Americans know nothing about. It will be just another Friday, go to work, come home, do some Christmas shopping, what's for supper. If you did a street poll asking what December 7th was, I wonder how many would know. I suspect very few. The RedHawk Review reports that there are NO articles on MSNBC's front page commerating this day. There is nothing on the front pages of ABC News, or CBS News either. That's really something, but not surprising. Before I go on, here's a video posted on YouTube. Please take a few minutes to view it before reading on. It gives just a little smattering of the impact of that day. You will need to click on the Permalink below so the music video from September 11th won't play while you're watching this video.
Over 2300 Americans died that day. Many more were wounded. Eight battleships, including the USS Arizona were destroyed.
There were far too many acts of sheer heroism to go into detail here. Suffice it to say that our servicemen responded in nothing short of the superhuman. One man, Messman Dorie Miller (1919-1943), stationed aboard the USS Arizona, used an anti-aircraft gun to shoot down four enemy aircraft. He had no training in the use of this gun. He received the Navy Cross for this and pulling his wounded Captain to safety. All the ammunition was locked up and our men had to break the locks, load the guns, and begin returning fire in less than twenty minutes. This attack brought the United States into World War II. Japan was attempting to expand its empire throughout the Pacific and attacked the United States so the expansion would not be opposed. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, other strategic targets were also attacked such as Midway, Wake Island, Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, and the Phillipines. American ships were also torpedoed by Japanese forces on the high seas between San Fransisco and Honolulu. The Japanese government thought this attack would keep the United States out of their way and they could take over the Pacific unopposed. It had the opposite effect. This was a time when our country had solidarity. The vote in Congress to declare war on Japan was almost unanimous, only one dissenting vote. Boys lied about their age and enlisted to defend their beloved country. This kind of unity and resolve is something that is very much absent today. America perservered for four long years until victory was won. Today, I remember and thank all who fought and kept our freedom secure. Take time to remember - we must never forget.