We just happen to be on Oahu for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, today, December 7th. Here is a portion of this year’s Proclamation by the President of United States:
More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on Oahu took almost 2,400 American lives, damaged our Pacific Fleet, challenged our resilience and tested our resolve. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the men and women who selflessly sacrificed for our country and we show our enduring gratitude to all who fought to defend freedom against the forces of tyranny and oppression in the Second World War.
You can read the full Proclamation here: http://governor.state.tx.us/flag_status/
My mother first took me to see Pearl Harbor Memorial while on vacation. I did not understand the enormity for her, until we got there. Then I did the math, and realiized my mother would have been seven years old at the time of the attacks. Each generation gets it’s defining moment, such as those who can remember exactly where they were when John F. Kennedy was shot.
Pearl Harbor was the defining moment for my mother’s generation.
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of my mom’s death. So it seems fitting that we are on Oahu, where history was made that so impacted her life. Rest in sweet peace, Mom.
I am thankful to the men and women who fought, and still fight, to keep our country free. I am thankful that Hawaii, where I choose to live, is not owned by Japan today, all because of those who sacrificed their lives.
My deepest Mahalo.
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