Today is December 08, 2017—one day and 76 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and our entry into WWII.
I remember the day so well, exactly where I was standing by a building up in Connecticut about 2:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon. What an incredible shock!
In recent years, I visited the War Memorial in Honolulu—built where the battleship, USS Arizona was sunk with 1,700 sailors on board. The Memorial is quite lovely and poignant and very significant.
It seems so easy to forget a war that happened nearly 80 years ago. How many wars have we had since then? How about Vietnam? Every now and then when I happen to see a map of the Far East, I ask myself “how in God’s name could we have gone there and done that?”
A woman who worked for my parents was married to a man who died in the Bataan death march, where 700 American soldiers were marched through the Philippines shortly after Pearl Harbor.
Please forgive all of these musings. The resulting thought is, of course, why? Why do we have to get into wars? Why do so many people have to die? Now we have North Korea so eager to do so—they are reported in the paper today as saying “we have to go to war very soon.”
I guess they don’t remember Pearl Harbor, where 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,200 wounded. Nor must they remember 340,000 Japanese who died because of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 06 and August 09, 1945 respectively. Nor do they remember the nearly 1.4 million people who died in the Vietnam War.
We cannot forget—or we are doomed to repeat history. What can we do?
Philip and Marilyn