• Remembering Pearl Harbor: Death, Loss, Sacrifice – a Day of ‘Infamy’

    [Editor: Let’s not forget the attack on our nation seventy-eight years ago, and let’s further remember those who perished or were wounded and their families – and let’s thank God for their sacrifice.

    One way to commemorate this event is to share this column from Gary Bauer on social media. We encourage you to do so.]

    Surge Summary: December 7, 1941’s Japanese attack on American forces stationed at Pearl Harbor is, indeed, “a day that will live in infamy”. Yet … one doesn’t hear much about it any longer. As fewer and fewer Pearl Harbor survivors remain among us, we must remember …

    [Saturday, December 7] the nation will commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, and keeping with the pattern of recent years, very little has been said about it.

    People from my generation can tell you where they were and what they were doing when news broke that John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King were assassinated.  For younger people, it’s the same for 9/11. But for the Greatest Generation, December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,” was just such a day.

    It was a sunny Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii.  At 7:48 AM local time, hundreds of Imperial Japanese planes descended from the sky and attacked. Eight U.S. battleships and 188 planes were destroyed in the surprise attack.  Some 2,403 Americans were killed.

    The next day, tens of thousands of men responded by enlisting in the military.  Every day, fewer men and women from that generation remain with us.

    Thankfully, Lou Conter, who was on board the USS Arizona 78 years ago, is still with us and will be attending [Saturday’s] events.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: By Photographer: UnknownRetouched by: Mmxx – A retouched picture, digitally altered from original version. The original can be viewed here: The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – NARA – 195617.tif. Modifications made by Mmxx., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18147474

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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