A day that will live in infamy?
Most people know why Feb. 14 is a special day, and March 17, and of course July 4. Most of us know that Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, but few connect it to the armistice – the end of World War I. And when I say to someone on Dec. 7, “Today is a day that will live in infamy,” they respond, “Why?”
Dec. 7, 1941, was the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,500 people died, 1,000 were wounded, and 21 American ships and more than 300 airplanes were damaged or destroyed.
This deadly attack launched the United States into the fighting of World War II against the Axis powers. G.I. Joe and Rosie the Riveter sprang into action! The combined efforts of the home front and war front helped the Allies win this horrific war.
Americans should remember this day, and furthermore, continue their studies of American history. I wouldn’t wonder if people from other countries know our history better than we do. For a few hours a week we should study important past events. Maybe we should forget about pop culture for a little while each day and pursue things of a more intellectual nature.
That is my wish for Dec. 7 – for all who suffered, sacrificed, and died, let us learn and then remember why.