Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Greatest Generation Remembered

65 years ago today America was shocked by a vicious attack on our military base at Pearl Harbor. It is truly a day that has lived in infamy.

Today, we remember and honor those who survived, and those who did not survive this attack. The people from America's greatest generation. Those who understood that dying for freedom was greater than surrendering to tyranny.

On December 7, 1941, there were no Republicans and Democrats. There were no liberals and conservatives. There were only Americans who united to stand against the common enemy. It was on this day that isolationism died. No longer could we say, "It doesn't affect us so it doesn't concern us."

How quickly some forget. Critics of the Korean War, the Vietnam conflict, and now Iraq are not familiar with Pearl Harbor. I heard that many people interviewed today did not know the significance of December 7. Many have even begun to forget the seriousness of 9/11.

This is a heavily used cliche but nevertheless very true. Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.

We must fight to remember. We must remember to fight. Let's be the next greatest generation.

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