Hats off to Kimberly Powell, About.com's genealogy guide, for her article on Pearl Harbor Day. See: http://genealogy.about.com/b/a/225291.htm by noting: "December 07, 2005 - Lest We Forget. It has been 64 years today since the U.S. Pacific Fleet was attacked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, marking the entrance of the United States into World War II - a war that ultimately claimed more than 64 million lives..."
In fact Kimberly is the only one of us genealogy bloggers/columnists that mentioned anything about the topic. Ancestry.com's Ancestry Daily News, thankfully provided a list of Pearl Harbor links: http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=10732
I've been so buried in snow, freezing temperatures and very active grandchildren that I must admit I forgot Pearl Harbor Day. I didn't forget it last summer when we planned our Manasota Genealogical Society meetings, and noted that the December meeting fell precicely on the 7th. Our Board decided to have a special flag ceremony with the local JROTC and a moment of silence.
Yes, ol' Myrt has been swamped by taking care of these little ones, whose mommy is still not able to walk 8 weeks after the accident.
BUT TRUTHFULLY, isn't the warmth of the hearth, and safety of homes what our fathers, husbands, uncles, and brothers fought for during World War II? Because of their very literal sacrifices, I am able to travel great distances as I wish, to be with family as needed. I am not forced to be separated from them. My grandchildren are entitled to every religious and educational persuit, because these freedoms were so valiantly defended.
In this grandmother's quiet moments today, I do take pause and give thanks.
Happy family tree climbing!
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