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75th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today marks 75 years ago that Japan attacked conducted a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack changed our country forever, and the effects can still be felt today.

I feel it is important to take time to remember what happened and understand how this changed us and the world. I think of all the lives that were lost on that day and the lives that would be lost before the end of World War II. I also think about how the United States responded as a nation and how it affected my grandfathers who served in the Navy.

Japanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has committed to visiting Pearl Harbor. He would be the first Japanese Prime Minister to ever do so. I am not sure how I feel about this because the Japanese have never apologized for the attack. While I appreciate the gesture as a way to move forward with Japan as an ally, almost 2500 Americans were killed at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

Take some time today to listen to the some of the surviving veterans from Pearl Harbor, and watch some of the old news reels. Talk about it with your children, and like 9/11 let us never forget.

 

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