Most of the people who lived, first hand, through the attack on Pearl harbor are nearly 90 years old. That’s very hard to believe. The surprise attack left young men, barely more than boys, running for guns, weapons, anything to fight back with. Many heroes arose that day. Not all of the heroes lived to bask in the glory. Some died and some were sealed in a watery tomb at Pearl Harbor.
About 100 of the survivors will attend the ceremony at Pearl Harbor. The ashes of one of the sailors will join the rest of his crewmen who never made it back from December 7, 1941. Approximately 2,390 Americans were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
According to Voice of America:
Memorial events marking the December 7,1941 attack are being held throughout the country, the largest being on the Pacific island of Oahu, Hawaii, where the attack took place.
A dwindling number of Pearl Harbor survivors and World War Two veterans are among the 3,000 attendees expected at the event overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial, where the submerged remains of the fallen battleship rest. A moment of silence will be held at 7:55 in the morning , the exact moment Japan’s Imperial Navy began the surprise attack.
If you know someone who was at Pearl Harbor, run, don’t walk to talk to them and ask them to tell you of their experience. Even if you know someone who was an adult on December 7, 1941, talk to them. Find out what they were doing when they first heard the news. Where were they? What did they think? Did they ever think how much the news would alter their lives and the lives of their family and friends? There is so much I now want to ask my parents and grandparents. Opportunity knocked and I didn’t go to the door. They are no longer living so I can’t ask them.
From what I could gather from my relatives, they really were innocents who had no idea what the impact a world war would have on them, the family, and America. Pearl Harbor Day is much more than the 9-11- like attack on an unprepared nation. Pearl Harbor marks the change of an isolationist, fairly agrarian country into a world super power. The change was almost instant, and we were never to return again to those times before Pearl Harbor.
What memories do you have of your family members telling you about that day? Did you have family members who served? Did they all make it home?
Let’s not forget Pearl Harbor and those who who were wounded or died. Let’s not forget those who altered their lives and threw themselves in to a war movement unequal to anything this country has ever seen before or since. There is a reason that the ‘greatest generation’ got its name.