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Where Were YOU When…?

“December 7th, 1941.  A date which will live in INFAMY!”

I wasn’t yet born.  But I remember it was a touchstone for persons of my Father’s generation.

Where were YOU when Pearl Harbor happened?

I’m certain each generation has their historical event…

(Going back before Pearl Harbor)

The beginning of The Spanish-American War.

The sinking of the Titanic.


The Lusitania

The End of the War to End All Wars

But, Pearl Harbor sticks in my mind, because I’ve met folks who were there.  It’s not just from the history books, like the Civil War, the Indian Wars, “Remember the Maine!”

As the JFK assassination is for MY generation.

And the first World Trade Center bombing, Khobar Towers, the U.S.S. Cole and the second World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.  And Flight 93 are for subsequent generations.

Each generation has it’s historic marker.  Some, sadly, more than one.

It’s up to US to keep the memories alive, with politically-correct history textbooks barely mentioning such events.  If they mention them at all.

Does this make us warmongers?  Hardly.

This is the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.  If you were 17 at the time (and got permission, or lied) you could have been there.  You would now be 92, if still alive.  Veterans are passing daily into history.

Thank you for your service.

It is important to remember from whence we came, lest history repeat.  We must learn from our mistakes, and others.

And remain vigilant.



About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Where Were YOU When…?

  1. Remember indeed.

    I really like the way the Arizona Memorial and the Missouri are placed facing each other in Pearl Harbor. Very moving to visit the start and the end of US involvement in WWII.

    Posted by KM | December 7, 2016, 8:17 am
  2. My family will never forget…

    Posted by Old NFO | December 7, 2016, 10:12 am
  3. I’m encouraged each time we visit Pearl Harbor to see the numbers of young people who are paying attention. But it’s worth noting also that they’re almost always in the company of parents, and sometimes grandparents. That’s how memories are maintained. My mom still wants to go, although her health is failing; the attack occurred 3 days after her ninth birthday.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | December 7, 2016, 1:34 pm
  4. My dad ended up a medic in a field hospital in the Philipines, dealing with the stuff that battles like “Hacksaw Ridge” sent them. Slated to follow the first wave of Marines sent in to invade Japan. Until Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    It hurts my heart as these vets die, maybe because that’s Dad dying. And maybe because there seem to be so few that know and honor history and as this generation passed it just seems to get worse.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | December 7, 2016, 3:44 pm

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