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Let's Pledge to Remember

It is hard to believe that too many people think of Pearl Harbor as the film starring Ben Affleck. This "forgetting" of events is backed when one searches the YouTube website for information on Pearl Harbor. The largest "hits" are for the theme song to the movie with over a million visitors versus a little over a thousand for other Pearl Harbor remembrance sights. On December 31, 2011 the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association dissolved because of the dwindling number of members and the poor health of the survivors, who are in their late 80s or 90s. The Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, with about 20 chapters, is helping to "carry on the legacy left to us," says national President Louella Large, whose father served at the U.S. Army's Schofield Barracks during the attack. Large, like others, is concerned that most U.S. schoolchildren today know almost nothing about the surprise attack that pulverized battleships and aircraft stationed at Hawaii. Read the complete news story on CNN.

One of the survivors was concerned that the attack was not even mentioned in history books in many U.S. schools today. I went around my home and found my own children's recent history books to see how the attack was portrayed. In one, a high school history book for Advanced Placement U.S. History, Pearl Harbor was discussed more from the perspective of how historians disagree whether Roosevelt knew about the attack and allowed it to occur rather than discussing the attack and the lives lost. At the end of one of the paragraphs it states that 8 battleships and 188 aircraft were destroyed and more than 2,000 soldiers and sailors died, but without any real mention about the significance. To a child or young adult 2,000 sailors or 8 battleships does not really register unless it is discussed in much greater detail. This reemphasizes the importance of organizations such as the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors. It is such a trite statement to say we should never forget but it is each of our responsibilities to teach our children and grandchildren and ourselves why we should never forget the sacrifices our armed forces continually make so we can have peace.

Technology can bring history to life and there are several websites that do a great job talking about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The primary site to visit is Navy.mil. This is the Naval History and Heritage Command website and includes photos, survivor stories and a general overview of the day. Another great site, especially for students is the National Geographic Education website where you can access the Interactive Attack Map on the right to navigate the timeline of the day and it allows you to watch as events transpire and then click on sights. For example on the attack map of Pearl Harbor you can click on 0800 and watch at 0810 as the USS Arizona explodes. The site is supplemented with documents and videos from the U.S. Archives.

The following photo provides a view down "Battleship Row" during the attack. Courtesy of Navy.mil.

Army-Navy Game

On Saturday, December 8th, CBS will air the 113th Army-Navy Game at 3pm EST from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. One of college football's best rivalries started in 1890 with Navy winning the first game. When the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen take the field there is deep tradition and great prestige on the line! Navy is currently leading the series by winning each of the last 10 games.

"December 7, 1941 a day which will live in infamy..."

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7 is to honor and remember the more than 2,000 American citizens killed and more than 1,000 injured in that surprise attack. Click to view National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff till sunset. When flying the flag at half-staff, the flag should be raised to the top of the staff for an instant, then lowered to the mid-way point of the staff (half-staff). It should be raised to the top of the staff again before lowering the flag at the end of the day.

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