President Roosevelt declared the date “A Day that will live in infamy”. Webster’s defines the word as a state of extreme dishonor.
The United States was attacked without provocation, drawing us into a war that claimed many of our finest young men and women. That certainly lives up to the definition in my opinion. We stopped Hitler from expanding his influence across Europe, sent the imperial hungerings of an island nation back to their home islands.
After the war America rebuilt Europe, we rebuilt Japan and rebooted their economy. Today Europeans look at Americans with disdain. Our economy is a mess because we import so much of our consumer goods from Asia. Does today’s generation realize the sacrifices of that generation? Do they even care that our freedoms which we take for granted were bought and paid for by the blood of those who gave their lives in service to our country?
Take the time today to seek out a WW2 veteran and thank them for their service to our country. Then take the time to thank a current member of our armed forces and thank them for the job they are doing. Just remember that we would be living in a very different world had it not been for the events of Sunday December 7th, 1941