Most of our members were either not yet born, or perhaps in their infancy.
......a nine year old boy, comes home,after going to a Sunday double feature of Cowboy movies, cartoons, short subjects and popcorn. He gets off the bus and walks home. He finds his whole family huddled in front of the big Philco radio. His grandmother, mother and aunts are crying. His grandfather, father and uncles are gritting their teeth and cursing softly, as they all, like 180 million other US Americans, realize
Flash forward forty years. He's at the USS Arizona memorial, Pearl Harbor. He never made it to WW II service, but he knows he owes a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. He reads every name of those 1177 who were KIA, and then, with the permission of the National Park Service officer, he presses his bugle to his lips, and sounds Taps.... and as those 24 sacred notes echo across the water, the people in his vistors' party shed many unashamed tears. Some of those tears fall into the still, oil-slicked water, as if to assure those who sleep below, that they will never be forgotten.........
Yes, my friends---that nine year old was me, and that family was mine. My father did enlist--in the Marines, and was a Phys Ed instructor at Parris Island, until they drummed him out of the Corps as being too old. My older uncle served in the Coast/AAA Artillery, and my younger uncle was awarded every decoration for bravery in combat, the Navy/Marines could give, except the Medal of Honor.
There are those who have inflicted, and will continue to try to inflict, other Pearl Harbors against us. Let us never forget. Let us always be vigilant. I fear the worst Pearl Harbor may come from the most treacherous enemies we have---those who would, from within, subvert all that the United States of America has stood for.
Never forget the lessons learned. Be vigilant, and keep your powder dry.
"Laugh so hard, that even 'Sorrow' smiles at you. Live life so well, that even 'Death' loves to see you alive". (author unknown) "....would someone please show this poor asshole the way out of town?"....Avram Belinsky, the "Frisco Kid".
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