Wednesday, December 07, 2005

A date which will live in infamy

December 7. It was 64 years ago today that forces from Imperial Japan attacked the US military bases at Pearl Harbor and other locations on the isle of Oahu, Hawaii. The attack was stunning in its success and its failure. It caught the Americans completely by surprise even when there were signs of the attack that people actually noticed in advance. It completely missed the carriers that Yamamoto knew were critical to the overall success of the war. Over 2000 people died that day, half of those on 1 ship: the USS Arizona. Think about that: over 1100 servicemen died that morning on that 1 ship, let alone the pilots who tried to take off, the gunners on the anti-aircraft positions... everywhere.

Since 9/11 I have made a special effort to remember those men and women on this day to make sure FDR's comment lives true. This day needs to live in infamy to remind us all that peace isn't free and liberty requires eternal vigilance. To the honored dead of that day: Godspeed. To the survivors I offer my humble salute and pledge to remember what you went through.