Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary

This day brings tender memories for patriotic US citizens and our friends across the globe as we remember those who suffered or died in the attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago."December 7th 1941 a date which will live in infamy" was President Roosevelt's description as he addressed a joint session of Congress the following day.  During a local news radio talk show this morning, others expressed feelings of respect and admiration for the strength and fortitude of fathers and grandparents, most of whom have since passed away. 

Whether they served during WWII overseas or on the home front, we tend this day to honor all of the Greatest Generation and appreciate their sacrifice and service. "The Greatest Generation" is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort."

I once asked my Dad how he heard about Pearl Harbor; he was in medical school in Portland, Oregon at the time. He said everyone was glued to their radio sets listening for any tidbit of news. He said the impact of the attack served to galvanize the country as we faced entry into the Second World War. It was a short while later that one of his fellow students, a Japanese American, was taken to an internment camp, though this classmate's family had lived as responsible citizens in the US for two generations. Dad told me that the Army needed doctors so badly that they stepped up the studies suspending spring and summer breaks just to get the physicians graduated and into the service.

The Today Show reported a Pearl Harbor veteran who recalled bewilderment of the attack. "For Gore, a resident of Seattle, this week marks his first visit to Hawaii since the 1960s, and his first opportunity to personally show his two sons, his daughter and a granddaughter where he was on the morning of the attack."

WikiPedia explains "The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day (December 8) the United States declared war on Japan."

The following was received from our friends at
Pearl Harbor attack photo courtesy  of
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, we are featuring a video produced for FamilySearch about this historic day on our YouTube channel: Even though it is only a couple of minutes long, the video does an excellent job of illustrating family connections across generations. It also conveys the deeply personal and meaningful aspects of heritage. This inspiring depiction of the enduring importance of family and heritage is set against one of the seminal moments in world history.

We do have one remaining WWII vet in our family ~ Uncle Jack served at Guadalcanal. 


Thank-you for your service.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post and the link to the thought-provoking video. I'd like to borrow your link suggestion and pass it on, if you don't mind. The video certainly resonates with our very goal as family historians and is so timely!