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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday Words

Since today is Pearl Harbor Day, I feel that as a resident of Hawaii, it is only appropriate to use perhaps one of the most famous quotes in history for today's Wednesday Words.

“Yesterday, December 7, 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… No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people will through their righteous might win through to absolute victory… With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounded determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God. I, therefore, ask that the Congress declare that since the dastardly and unprovoked attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt 

It's a bizarre thing to realize that nearly every day you drive by one of the most historically significant sites in our country.  It's also incredibly humbling.  I'm looking forward to my and Mr. L's first time visiting the Arizona Memorial, which we originally wanted to do today, but the crowds and traffic have kept us at bay.  Perhaps we'll try later in the week...we'll see.

For now, keep the memories of that day close to your heart, and thank a veteran (especially a WWII vet, if you know one) for their service and sacrifice.  Let us never forget the actions that occurred 70 years ago today.

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