Just as today’s young generation will forever remember 9/11 and earlier generations recall the Apollo moon landing and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an earlier generation was marked by the shocking news, delivered by radio and newspaper, of Japan’s sneak attack on America.
Until Dec. 7, 1941, Americans were still wondering if and when the United States would join the war in Europe. The attack made it impossible to wait any longer. By the end of the war, more than 400,000 Americans would lose their lives in the conflict.
The memories of those battles, like memories of the attack on Pearl Harbor, are in danger of being lost as age claims more World War II veterans.
It is left to us, the subsequent generations, to ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten.