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December 07, 2003

generation gap

I remembered Pearl Harbor today. I don't believe that a lot of other people did.

I saw very little on the news about today being the 62nd anniversary of the event that thrust this nation into World War II and eventually made The United States the only true Superpower in the world. That sneak attack by the Japanese 62 years ago was the trigger that brought us to where we are today.

My parents and grandparents remembered December 7th, 1941 as a day that changed their lives. They remembered where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I heard those stories often when I was growing up.

We have a bunch of uneducated people in the country today who never heard of Pearl Harbor, nor do they care to learn about it. Hell, they couldn't find Hawaii on a goddam globe, let alone tell you what happened there 62 years ago. That fact saddens me.

I told Quinton and Jack about Pearl Harbor over breakfast today. I bought a copy of the Savannah Morning News and showed them this article. People who remember that day are dying off quickly.

Fuck. More people are interested in the assholery of Paris Hilton today than those who give a shit about Pearl Harbor. That's the kind of nation we have become. We're a nation of nitwits and short-attention-span asswipes who don't have a clue how we got where we are. And we won't stay there long if people don't start pulling their heads out of their asses.

On December 7, 62 years ago, more than 2,000 American servicemen died on a Sunday morning. We suddenly found ourselves in a World War. We had one hell of an uphill fight to get back on our feet and win that war. We did it, but the fight was not an easy one and we have the graves of brave men planted all over the world to prove it.

We won. We kicked Japan's ass and defeated Germany, too. We invented the atomic bomb. We stood toe-to-toe with the Russians after that and eventually wore them down, too, thanks to Ronald Reagan. The United States became the Land of Milk and Honey, and we live better than anyone else in the world. We take our lot in life for granted, too. That's pathetic.

We are where we are today because Admiral Yamamoto launched that attack on Pearl Harbor 62 years ago. NOBODY should be ALLOWED to forget that fact. Today is a day that EVERYBODY should remember and cherish as one of the most important days in the history of this country. A lot of people died to give us what we have today.

Show some goddam gratitude.

Comments

It's not a matter of a generation gap or a lapse of memory. It's a matter of honor. Some of us will never forget what those men, and the many who have followed since, have done for us.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on December 7, 2003 04:59 PM

Acidman, I remembered, just as soon as you mentioned the date in an early morning entry.

But, our generation's date is September 11, 2001. That's the day we will always remember where we were, what we were doing, how we felt watching the towers fall, knowing that there must be thousands killed.

I remember that I had just read an article stating that the World Trade Towers were 90% occupied with approximately 50,000 people working there with maximum occupancy. That's all I could think about, "50,000 people dead."

That, and after the second airplane hit, there was no doubt in my mind that we, America, were under attack. We were at war. I had an immediate visualization of a misquito being hit by my hand, blood splatting out from it. Then I saw a cockroach squashed beneath the military boot heal of the U.S.A. Who dared attack the U.S.A.? Who did they think they were? A sqashed cockroach on the floor. That's what this unknown power was soon to be, a dead cockroach.

That is the date, 9/11/01, that this generation will remember without fail.

Posted by: Ms Anna on December 7, 2003 05:06 PM

My great uncle Sam (yes that's his name) had to take an unexpected swim on that day.

Posted by: toddk73 on December 7, 2003 05:39 PM

When I lived at Hickam, you could still see all the pocked-out holes in the concrete buildings from the Japanese strafing runs.

I wonder if they're still there.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on December 7, 2003 06:02 PM

Yes, and they're trying to change Roosevelts' face on the dime in this time frame !

Posted by: siso on December 7, 2003 06:07 PM

They won't change the dime, Mrs. Reagan doesn't want it done. She's even said that Ronny wouldn't have wanted it, either.

Posted by: Ms Anna on December 7, 2003 06:10 PM

Roosevelt had absolutely jack shit to do with the men who died that day. Leave his "new deal"ing socialist ass out of it.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on December 7, 2003 06:25 PM

I did.I always do. I'm a real patrioit. As for Paris Hilton, she's a joke. She & Nicole got busted before they got out of my hometown of Altus. A close friend of mine works as the dispatcher there.

Posted by: Lexia on December 7, 2003 06:54 PM

It seems that the blogosphere is just about the only place you'll find a collective effort to rember this day of infamy.

Posted by: Sgt Hook on December 7, 2003 09:38 PM

It may seem like it didn't get much attention, but it did. Check out the 'Google News' Search for "Pearl Harbor" -- "about 1,810" hits

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&edition=us&q=%22Pearl+Harbor%22

It would be better if it the kind of attention I think it deserves, but that's just not going to happen
In the world of the class of 2006
{from the Beloit College Class of 2006 Mindset List
http://www.beloit.edu/~pubaff/releases/mindset_2006.html

A Southerner has always been President of the United States.
Cars have always had eye-level rear stop lights, CD players, and air bags.
Weather reports have always been available 24-hours a day on television.
The "evil empire" has moved from Moscow to a setting in some distant galaxy.
"Big Brother" is merely a television show.
[Not a character in a book, or a rock band]
Cyberspace has always existed.
Telephone bills have always been totally incomprehensible.
George Foreman has always been a barbecue grill salesman
Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, and Tom Brokaw have always anchored the evening news.
The U.S. and the Soviets have always been partners in space.
Fox has always been a television network choice.
Women have always had tattoos.
Vanessa Williams and Madonna are aging singers.
A "hotline" is a consumer service rather than a phone used to avoid accidental nuclear war.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has always been available to doctors.
The drinking age has always been 21 throughout the country.
Hip-hop and rap have always been popular musical forms.
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Posted by: Frank DiSalle on December 7, 2003 11:51 PM

I remembered.
http://ville.blogfodder.net/archives/2003_12.html#009500

Posted by: Brent on December 8, 2003 12:53 AM

I remembered. I spent the two days on the ham radio, trying to contact stations commemorating Pearl Harbor. I got a few (but not the USS Missouri, which I really wanted to contact, since it is moored near the USS Arizona). I did however check into the FRUPAC net. FRUPAC stands for "Fleet Radio Unit, Pacific". These are the guys who intercepted and decoded Japanese signals during WWII. I did the same type of job in the Army (in the late 1980's), and I was stationed in Hawaii. I made sure to let them know that there are those of us who still remember, and thank them for the job they did.

73 de Bill N2KMF

Posted by: Bill on December 8, 2003 07:54 AM

I remembered. And my children remembered because they had been taught of that day. And as important as 9/11 has become to so many, Dec 7th is a day I will never forget. (and I am much too young to actually remember the day!)

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