When I was a boy, the men who fought WWII were in their 40’s and 50’s, working, raising their children, in the middle of their lives. Now the years have slipped past, and the ones that remain are elderly. Soon, all of them will be gone, and the direct memory of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will go with them. It is up to us to decide how, if, and for how long, we will choose to remember this day.
What we pick out to remember helps define who we are.
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.
–Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941