Today we remember the 72nd anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor, and those famous words spoken by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
On that sunny Hawaiian Sunday morning, America was viciously attacked as part of a deceptive action by the Imperial Empire of Japan. Americans immediately stood up and answered the call to defend this nation and indeed the world against the aggression of Nazism, fascism, and Japanese imperialism.
Young American men lied about their age to be able to do their part, and we came to know them as the “Greatest Generation.” I am proud my own dad was part of that heroic generation that ensured the light of freedom would not go dim.
America clearly identified the enemy and took every measure to defeat them soundly, in complete and total warfare of annihilation. We honor those men who survived that day 72 years ago, and sadly remember those who lost their lives.
Let us not forget that the reason why our flags are flying at half-mast today is for them, for Pearl Harbor. If there is a remembrance event anywhere near you, please attend. If not, then take the time to teach your children and grandchildren why this day must never be forgotten.
Explain to them so they will understand the relevance of Pearl Harbor Day to 9-11, the significant event of this current generation. And as those Americans did then, there are those who have answered the nation’s call once again.
However, today we struggle to clearly identify the enemy and decide what our objective of warfare should be — assimilation, attrition, or annihilation. How shall we defeat Islamic totalitarianism?
Today, we remember and honor the past, but let us not forget the recent past, the present, and the impact that a failure to secure victory will have for our future.
God bless those heroic men and women of Pearl Harbor.