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Discussion in 'WWII' started by Powerhouse, Dec 7, 2006.
REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
Take the time to remember and thank a ww2 vet...they are STILL among us.
Hear the song here
See the sheet music here
Their ranks are dwindling, those who survived, as I met a few last year in Los Angeles, say a silent prayer, Remember Pearl Harbor, Never forget!
They shall not grow old, as we grow old...
Just take a few mins out of your busy schedule today, to remember Pearl Harbor and all the times since, when our boys and girls have taken the step to put their lives on the line for our freedom. Please, let's never take it for granted.
Indeed!!! And ALL Vets no matter what war!
Imagine if the Japanese had never hit Pearl Harbor and instead attacked the West Coast??Where would we be now??
Makes you wonder.
Today's New York Times has published a series of dispatches sent by one of their reporters about the salvage effort after Pearl Harbor that were never run at the time (plus some other related material):
Associated Press article:
Pearl Harbor Survivors Meet for Last Time
I'll remember and continue to remember everytime I drive down our Pearl Harbor memeorial highway.
My friends father was at Pearl Harbor and died thinking that people had forgotten what had happened there. I don't think its remembered by the media the way it was a few years ago, but people do still remember.
Let keep the memory intact. Never forget.
I read that today as well.
Please take a moment to thank a WWII veteran, or any veteran. We must remember their sacrifices not just today, but every day!
Went to the Veteran's Day Parade here in Dallas last month, I was very impressed with the turn out, I was so glad to see so many people and the city doing so much to show the veterans the respect they deserve.
I recently did a tribute photo shoot at the USS Arizona memorial--we must never forget.
i am acquainted with survivors through the VA, and believe me...they appreciate your thoughts and well-wishes. we all do.
I went in 2001.
Just after 9/11.
It was really moving to see the Pearl Survivors mixing & sharing w/ the visiting 9/11 firemen&families.
And to see the old military men saluting the flag over the Arizona.
And very sad to realize that they were so elderly it would be the last reunion for many of them.
And say a prayer for those who visit the memorial because a loved lies in that shallow watery grave.
I saw the Memorial when I went to Hawaii the first time. It was a very moving experience.
My grandfather (Topa) was there. Good thoughts out to you Topa and all the other veterans.
To my Grandpa Ted- sailor, Sea Bee, Pacific Vet, father, role model, and still kickin' in Vegas!
Thanks, guys and gals, for all you have given past, present and future.
Pearl Harbor, JFK, 9/11
My Dad, who is 82 now, spent three years in the European Theater of Operations during WW II. He was in the AAF, and flew in D-Day, Market Garden, the Bulge, and other campaigns of note. He was in part of the group that visited the concentration camps and the death camps in Germany, and airlifted survivors from some of the POW camps back to England.
Through all of these experiences, I have never heard him say anything "bad" about the Germans (although the Nazi leadership is a different story). However, he has some very "unkind" words about the Japanese, especially every December 7th.
Sometimes I think we don't really understand the tremendous impact that the attack on Pearl Harbor had on some people, and to a great degree, on us as a nation.
Many thanks to our soldiers who have died for our country- the ones at Pearl Harbor and the ones who continue to today. From Pearl Harbor to 9-11- all attacks on American soil- and all the veterans who fought for our countries in the brink of war. My hat is off to you.
my beloved & humble thanks to the servicemen from all eras.
When I read today that this would be the final meeting in Pearl Harbor
for all those that were there...it brought tears to my eyes. It's just so
hard to accept this generation is dying out. That is why communities such
as this are so important in keeping the spirit alive.
An eyewitness account
My Dad was age 15 in the fall of 1941. He turned 16 that November 30 so he was literally just 16 when the Japanese attacked. At the time he was living in the Kalihi/Palama area in the hills above Honolulu. He could see Pearl Harbor from the house. He said that he was up and he heard planes and explosions. He and the neighbors gathered on the street; "what the hell is going on?" "I don't know, maybe it's manuevers?" "No, no I didn't hear anything about manuevers today" The sky was getting blacker with smoke. Anti-aircraft guns could be seen firing in the air. Planes could be seen flying over head. A red dot was painted on the sides of the planes. "hey those are Jap planes" Then the announcement was blared over the radio that this was indeed an attack. Jap bombs and unexploded anti-aircraft rounds fell on the neighborhood. Some civilian children and adults were killed in their yards. That night there was a complete blackout on the island. All windows had to be covered in paper. No lights of any kind; flashlights, candles, electric could be used from sunset to sunrise. A few months later he got a job working at Ford Island. He remembers seeing all the wreckage; the Arizona, Oklahoma, California etc. A very traumatic experience for a young man.
His future sister-in-law was living on the North Shore of Oahu in the town of Haleiwa. She was about 9 years old. They were riding in the back of a pick-up going to attend Mass that morning. Not only did she see Japanese planes flying overhead but Jap pilots strafed the pick-up forcing it off the road and into a ditch where they ducked for cover.
I agree with you that we today don't really understand the impact that December 7, 1941 had on people and this nation. Like my Dad said; "people are really quick to forget".