Sunday morning December 7, 1941 was sunny and bright in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when out of the sky came the enemy flying towards thousands of unsuspecting people. 353 planes launched from 6 Japanese aircraft carriers flew over the city that fateful morning.
Before the day was over over 2,000 military personnel were killed and over 1,200 were wounded. Also killed were 57 civilians with 35 wounded. The Japanese planes caused horrible destruction to the U.S fleet of ships.
The next day the United States declared war on Japan and life in the United States changed for thousands of people. Men started lining up at their local draft offices and as they headed off to basic training, the women were left alone to manage their homes and families. And left to work jobs that had previously been held by their men.
Will the story of Pearl Harbor be on the front page of our local newspapers today? Will teachers in the classrooms across the country tell their students of this day? I hope it's on the front page and I hope that teachers tell the story to their young students.......but I doubt that will happen.
As President Franklin D Roosevelt said "December 7th, a date which will live in infamy." And so it should!