December 7, 1941, A Day Which Will Live In Infamy

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On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks
ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained
on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in
little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the
world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who
perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the
loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of
service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century’s
darkest moments.

 

Presidential Proclamation — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2012

Remembering Those Proud Men & Women That Lost Their Lives On December 7th

Let’s take a moment out of our busy days to remember those Men & Women of the Armed Forces that lost their lives so long ago.

Uncles, aunts, grandpas and grandmas, all lost from us forever,
Let us pray their souls have found peace and they are with
our Goddess in Her Love and Comfort.
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Did You Know Me Then?

I was born in a small town in the mid-west or was it a large city back east?
I can’t remember anymore.
Did you know me then?
I remember getting the chores done so I could go to the Saturday matinee or was it the baseball game.
I can’t remember anymore.
Did you know me then?
I remember the depression of the 1930’s and Papa working so hard to care for the family,
Anyway he could with odd jobs. I especially remember Mama making ends meet.
Papa was stern with the family but, Mama sweet Mama , what an angel she was.
Did you know me then?
I remember the swimming hole that we swam in, the bicycle rides, the picnics.
Did you know me then?
I remember school, Boy, do I remember School. I remember the soda shop and the good times after school.
I remember Mary the girl next door or was it Sue the girl I met at the dance.
I can’t remember anymore.
Did you know me then?
I remember people talking about the war in Europe,
But we’re in America why worry about what’s going on there.
This is America, the land of opportunity. We would never get involved in their problems.
Did you know me then?
I remember my brother Bob and I enlisting in the Navy together.
I remember Mama insisting that we serve on the same ship together, so we could take care of each other.
Did you know us then?
I remember our being assigned to the battleship USS Arizona, she was a beautiful sight to behold.
I remember when we were told we were to be home ported in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu.
Wow! Hula girls, grass skirts, beautiful beaches. Paradise, a dream come true.
Did you know us then?
I remember December 6, we all went to Bloch Arena to watch the battle of the music competition.
The music played by the bands was great.
Did you know us then?
I remember Sunday, December 7, not too much going on, just lying around.
Then that thundering noise that broke the Sunday morning quiet. It sounded like hundreds of aircraft.
I remember the explosion, my breath and whole being taken away from me.
Did you know me then?
I can hear Mama crying, Papa hasn’t cried yet.
I want to tell him “It’s ok to cry , Papa, every tear is a prayer”
We’ve been home ported here for a very long time.
I can see our buddies aboard other ships saluting as they pass by. I hope they see me returning their salute.
Do they know me?
My buddies and I are really at peace now. Pray for us!
Did you know me?
Then if you knew us, remember us always.
– John Vierra, Park Ranger, USS Arizona Memorial

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