This post from a previous year is offered again because I believe that those who forget the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat the mistakes that lead to disaster.
Each year on this date I post a reminder of a very significant and sobering event in our history. Because this particular item from three years ago expresses exactly why I do this, I am re-posting today.
On this day I reflect that I was seven years of age when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. I remember people discussing this horrible event. Of course over the years I learned a great deal more about it. My point regarding this personal observation is this. Most people younger than I have no personal memory of Pearl Harbor, and a very high percentage of people today are younger than I. So if the memory is to be kept alive, it must be inculcated into the minds of the coming generations.
Collectively, we forget at the peril of freedom and the life of the nation.
USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, HI. Directly behind is USS Missouri and to the left, USS Peleliu. I have had the sobering experience of visiting the Memorial, and at an earlier date I was privileged to board the Missouri when she was in Bremerton before she was recommissioned.