75 Years Since Pearl Harbor

Today marks 75 years since Pearl Harbor shook our nation, changed our lives forever, and made its awful mark upon our history.

My hope for today (indeed, EVERY day) is that we remember how much we lost that day. As the grandchild and child of veterans, and the stepmom of a veteran, the sacrifices made for this country and its people are part of my daily consciousness.

As a citizen of America, I honor and respect our veterans and my heart goes out to all who have lost family and friends. Some may say that Pearl Harbor is ancient history; I say that it stands as a constant reminder of the sacrifices made to keep our freedom and our way of life. Pearl Harbor is not ancient history; it is part and parcel of our history.

We Baby Boomers now call September 11, 2001 our own ‘Pearl Harbor.’ It was as horrific to us as I imagine Pearl Harbor was to my mom and dad and so many others.

I am sure that, to the survivors and family members, Pearl Harbor remains as clear and horrifying as it was in 1941. As with the twin towers falling in 2001, these are permanent bookmarks in our history and in our collective consciousness.

I hope that we do not forget those lost to us. In remembering Pearl Harbor, we honor the dead and wounded and their families. We must not forget that our freedoms have never been free.

I hope that we do not forget our history. “*If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.”

*From The Life of Reason, subtitled “the Phases of Human Progress”, a book published in five volumes from 1905 to 1906, by Spanish-born American philosopher George Santayana (1863–1952). It consists of Reason in Common Sense, Reason in Society, Reason in Religion, Reason in Art, and Reason in Science.

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2 thoughts on “75 Years Since Pearl Harbor

  1. pamkirst2014 says:

    A lovely reminder, Jane; thank you for this! I never knew my uncle who survived Pearl Harbor, was hospitalized for ‘shell shock,’ and returned home only to kill himself. I always considered him a belated casualty of that day; it is only as I’ve grown older that I realized the magnitude of what he, a young man, must have seen and suffered on shipboard that ay…

  2. lulujbf7 says:

    Thank you, Pam—

    I am so sorry about your uncle. It seemed at that time that “shell shock” was the ‘blanket’ diagnosis…so many of those poor guys did take their own lives. I can’t imagine how it was to have lived through that terrible day.

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