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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Take a Moment

Amidst the pre-holiday hustle and bustle, some dates get “forgotten.”

Today, December 7, is the 70th anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii).

According to an online site, the U.S. suffered these casualties, injuries and damages:

  • 2,388  died in the attack
  • 1,178  were wounded
  • 21 ships were sunk or damaged
  • 323  aircraft were destroyed or damaged
  • 1,177 involved in the attack were serving on the USS Arizona
  • 333 serving on the USS Arizona survived the attack

This 70th anniversary year will mark the disbanding of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association on Dec. 31. According to national president William H. Muehleib, the association is disbanding because of “the advanced age and ill health of our membership and the declining numbers of members.”

The formal disbanding announcement will be announced in a ceremony today at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, overlooking the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. – 70 years to the minute from when the Japanese attack began.

Never forget.

12 comments:

Sandra said...

never forget, thank you

Montanagirl said...

True - we must never forget.

Chip Allen said...

This is eerie. I have the local noon news on and just as I opened this post a story about this very subject came on! I agree with the ladies; we must never forget.

Out on the prairie said...

Nice to still offer our thoughts.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Sandra, Mona, Chip and Steve for your comments. Even though this happened before I was born, seeing the images, which are available online, is still chilling.

Susie Swanson said...

Thanks for this post and we can never forget..

Daisy said...

I thought about what date today is earlier. Hard to imagine how frightening that must have been.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Beatrice,

Although I know about the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese, I did not know the seriousness of the damage resulting from the attack. Of course the US retaliated with greater violence and fury. In the end US went out of its way to restore Japan and make it a super power in the commercial field.

Well, one attack leads to another attack, more violent and more terrible. This is what the political leaders should understand. In the end countless innocent people suffer for their political ends.Why can't we live in peace and harmony?

Wish you a wonderful day,
Joseph

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sadly, it seems we always forget. At least that is what it seems like to me. When Vietnam was over..we prayed it would never happen again..but it keeps happening. Pat lived through three tours on the front lines..but many of his buddies did not. I remember, you remember..but someone isn't remembering. I wish I understood.
Nevertheless...I stand quiet with head bowed and pray that one day we do...really remember and stop repeating and repeating...

Scott said...

Very appropriate remembrance today.

L. D. Burgus said...

I spent my entire childhood being reminded by my dad. He had to serve overseas in the war and he always talked about it when the day came up. He remembered as it effected him greatly and we remembered every year since.

Country Mouse Studio said...

good reminder thanks

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