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    Remembering 'Day of Infamy' - Pearl Harbor

     

    Today  marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy  on the US of A's naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin  Delano Roosevelt declared the Monday after the attack:

    "Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy --  the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by  naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

    The attack on  Pearl Harbor was the oomph that helped push the US into World War II on  the side of the Allies. But it was not the only factor, there were many  more as well.

    Not only did the Japanese launch an attack at  Pearl Harbor that peaceful Sunday morning, but that same day attacked  Guam, Wake Island, The Phiippines, Malaya, Thailand and Midway.

    Eventually General Douglas MacArthur would utter the immortal words, "I  shall return," as he fled The Philippines as the Japanese occupied.

    Thousands of American sailors and soldiers lost their lives that sleepy  morning. Battleships still lie in rest in the harbor, the watery grave  for American lives lost.

    In recent years, commemoration of  Pearl Harbor Day has seemed to fade. Perhaps in part it can be  attributed to the fact that more and more of whom Tom Brokaw called,  "The Greatest Generation", die off. The memory of that tragic day begins  to fade as well.

    An article detailing 5 myths about Pearl Harbor at twincities.com from a couple of years ago noted:

    The  attack on Pearl Harbor awoke America from its isolationist slumber and  bolstered its charge into the Pacific war, but it did not spur entry  into the European war. That happened when Nazi Germany and fascist Italy  declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, compelling Roosevelt to  respond in kind - thus committing the United States to a world war.

    http://twincities.com/opinion/ci_19476298

    From the Cornfield, I am hoping those who read this will stop and remember those sailors and soldiers whose lives were lost.

    To "The Greatest Generation", we salute your service, your action and how you kept the world "safe for democracy".

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