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‘A day which shall live in infamy’… now forgotten by many

Few are left to remember what happened on Dec. 7, 1941. Now there are mostly memories of memories passed down through the generations. But that shouldn't stop us from commemorating what happened that day.

There were only 20 or so on hand this year to remember the attack at a ceremony at the American Legion in Mattydale.

Pearl Harbor was once a day that was looked upon with as much vital emotion as 9/11. They were both days that gave way to outrage and a call for justice and action. They spurred on countless Americans to serve their country. They led to the supreme sacrifice of thousands of our neighbors.

Whether or not we were there that day, when bombs from the Japanese Empire streaked from the sky to end American hopes, dreams and lives, we should always remember the sacrifice made by the service members who died that day. Those men and women, as well as those who followed in their footsteps, are the reason we live free 71 years later.

Whether you are an American who is concerned about the fiscal cliff, or one who enjoys following the exploits of a redneck child named Honey Boo Boo, it's good to take a few moments each December to remember how we got here. The reason you get to live your life the way you want in America is owed to those young men and women who lost theirs while yet in their teens in early hours of a sleepy morning in Hawaii seven decades ago.

Many of the veterans of WWII have passed on. A recent CBS news report noted that one veteran of that great war now dies every 90 seconds. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we carry forward their legacy.

As we lose those pieces of history, we must not forget their sacrifice. As we march toward the future, we must hold onto the past. As Americans, we should always pause in December to remember Pearl Harbor.

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