Wednesday, December 7, 2011

70 Years Ago

Seventy years ago today was the day that will forever "live in infamy." On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.   
 When Americans of all stripes see veterans, the initial reaction is to appropriately tell them "thank you, and welcome home." Yet with World War II veterans, the passion is even greater. They are overwhelmingly regarded as heroes.
The World War II generation is the "Greatest Generation." American soldiers defeated Nazism and Fascism.  Winston Churchill was right when he said that "Americans can be counted on to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all other options." 
After World War I, a war-weary American public wanted to retreat into isolationism. The rest of the world had other ideas. Once Pearl Harbor was bombed, the entire world changed. America quickly went to war, and they did so with unrelenting force. The only acceptable outcome was total and complete victory.
Americans were united. Politics stopped at the water's edge. Republicans lined up and supported Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Four years later Republicans loyally supported Democratic President Harry S. Truman ...

Do you have any WW II  survivors in your family? If you have never asked them about their memories, now might be a good time...I have my mother on tape talking about those days... Thanks to the "Greatest Generation"

P.S. In posting about this day of our history, I am not trying to resurrect past hatreds or injustices- I am just bringing to mind the lost men and women of that time and honoring the people who lived through it. May God help us all to come under the dominion of the Prince of Peace. 

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