“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve .” Those were the prophetic words of Japanese Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto when he learned that the December 7, 1941 raid on Pearl Harbor failed to destroy the entire American Pacific fleet.
The … day that will live in infamy… ” sparked anger among Americans, served as a battle cry for service, and created a determination that ultimately won World War II. Although the world has changed in many ways since that Sunday morning 77 years ago, that spirit of selfless service and sacrifice still lives in the men and women who serve, and served, in the American military.
As the country observes the 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor tomorrow, we should not to forget the lessons of that day, for America still has enemies in the world. And if you know a veteran, please thank them for their service. They endured hardships and dangers to protect our nation and defend freedom, and their valor, commitment, and sacrifice should inspire us to meet the challenges of the future.
And let’s not forget the veterans who are no longer with us in body. General George Patton was known to have said “It is wrong for us to mourn the loss of those who died in battle. Rather we should thank God that such individuals had lived.”