This video is a very powerful and moving memorial to the attack at Pearl Harbor early on Sunday morning Dec. 7, 1941. The surprise attack that sunny morning was, as President Roosevelt named it in his speech before Congress, a “day of infamy.” Dec. 7, 2020 marks the 79th anniversary of that attack.
Some moments in history stand above others. The Pearl Harbor attack is one of those moments. In reality, it was a great victory for the Japanese Imperial Navy. The surprise was complete and the level of destruction was overwhelming. The Battleships of the Pacific Fleet were either sunk or heavily damaged and would be out of the battle for some time. Thankfully, the aircraft carriers were not at anchor in Pearl Harbor at the time.
If that had been the case, we would have been in very bad shape.
The Japanese admiral Yamamoto said after the attack, “I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant.” And no truer words were ever spoken. The Pearl Harbor attack caused the United States to enter into WWII with a fury and and intensity of will that would be brought to bear all over the Pacific pushing the Japanese back to their home island over the next almost four years. At the same time American soldiers, Army Air Corpsmen, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and American industry would fight and supply our troops and allies in the European Theater.
While that attack could have broken the will of a lesser people it, instead, brought the American people to a level of communal determination, not just to get revenge but to do whatever was necessary, to do whatever work that was required, to sacrifice at home and on the battlefields around the world for a much nobler purpose, to defend and to restore freedom to all those peoples who were being threatened by the tyrannical forces of Nazism and Japanese Imperialism.
We must never forget what happened on Dec. 7, 1941. The courage, the will, the determination of the American people, and those who put on the uniforms of our armed services, was like nothing the world had seen before. Because of that attack, that generation, which had fought through and survived the Great Depression, then gave their all to winning the victory over Hitler and the Japanese Imperialist forces. This is why Tom Brokaw could call them, “The Greatest Generation.”
With almost 80 years between us now and that day, there are very few who fought there are still with us. They are in their late 90s and early 100s now. Until this past year, my VFW Post had 5 WWII veterans still active. They are all gone now and there is a great hole in the heart of our membership at their loss. We must never forget them. We should study them and learn from them.
The Veterans Site shares this video to help us remember and to encourage you to think of them and what they did for this nation and for the world those 8 decades ago. God bless them all.Whizzco