The silence of the morning was broken with the exploding sound of bombs.
The clearness of the sky became colored in the bright reds of fire and the darken black of smoke.The lives of countless soldiers, sailors, and citizens were forever changed as they survived, or were injured or died on December 7 1941, a day that will live in infinity.
Seventy-Five Years has passed since the American naval fleet was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. However, as we pause to commemorate this day let us not forget the cost of war.
In the years since Pearl Harbor America has fought in seven wars with our best and brightest paying the ultimate price.
World War II – 405,399
Korea – 54,246
Vietnam – 58,209
Operation Desert Storm – 284
The War in Iraq – 7,222
The War in Afghanistan – 20,049
Regardless of how the war is started, either when America was attacked as it was on December 7, 1941 in Honolulu. Or when American is attacking as it was on March 20, 2003 in Baghdad.
War is horrific, war is destructive, war kills people and war affects lives.
2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded on
December 7, 1941. A day that will live in infinity, as described by President Franklin Roosevelt as he spoke to the Congress asking for a delectation of war against Japan.
The dead and injured came from all walks of life and from all over the nation. Including my uncle, a young navy seaman from Gray, Georgia named William Bland.
As this day comes to a close, I hope that everyone reading this post will take a moment before going to bed to remember what happened seventy-five years ago on this day. December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infinity.