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Remember Pearl Harbor

The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to the nation.  His speech was met with tremendous support.  His summation on Dec.8 of what had happened the day before has been quoted countless times since that fateful day.  He said, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

America had tried to remain unengaged in the war fronts brewing prior to 1941 because of the aggressive actions of Germany and Japan.  However, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the USA could no longer sit idle.  What has been called, “The Greatest Generation”, went to war with absolute resolve.  The selfless efforts of our fathers and grandfathers in winning World War II provided us with a brief season of peace, a time of major economic development, and the highest standard of living in the world.

The cost of the war for America was huge. By the end of the fighting in 1945, the American Military had sustained 405,399 deaths.  The number of wounded and maimed pushed the human suffering total much higher.

Today, we remember the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. That was 73 years ago today.  John F. Kennedy was asked how we could best honor those who died for our country.  He said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”

Gratitude is more than an attitude of quiet reflection. Gratitude is expressed when we do everything that we possibly can to demonstrate that we will diligently preserve the peace and prosperity we were given.  And, we express our love and appreciation verbally when we can to those who continually defend and protect us in law enforcement and in our military.  We owe a great debt to those that are serving and have served and especially to those that died defending our ideal of living in freedom. Today, we express our sincerest gratitude to those who paid with their lives to uphold our opportunity to continue this experiment of living in a free republic.

On a flight from Atlanta to Chicago in July 2004, nine U.S. soldiers—home from Iraq on a two-week leave—were among the passengers. Before one of the soldiers boarded, a passenger traded his first-class ticket for the soldier’s coach ticket. As the plane was boarding, other passengers asked to trade their first-class seats for the coach seats occupied by the remaining soldiers.

Devilla Evans, a flight attendant on the American Airlines flight, said “it was a privilege to be flying with those two groups of unselfish people: those who would put their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens’ freedom, and those who were not ashamed to say thank you.”  (Copied).

 

May we never forget the high price that has been paid for liberty!  And, may we be ever vigilant to defend those liberties. May our prayers be constant, our confession of sin earnest, and our pleas for God’s intervention to be fervent