December 7, 2019-
Three men remain alive, of the Americans who fought at Pearl Harbor. It’s been 78 years, since that day that brought the United States into de jure conflict with Imperial Japan. The de facto war had been going on for some time, with Lend Lease and with Americans enlisting in other nations’ military forces.
The conflict was both the second-worst war of the Twentieth Century, after its predecessor, and the scenario for the hardest choices this country’s leadership has ever had to make. The contributions of our best service people, the sacrifices of our civilian populace and the courage of underground fighters, across the globe- and on every inhabited continent, all are part of what makes World War II indelible in the memory of a conscious citizen.
Earlier today, one of the last Pearl Harbor veterans was laid to rest, on the sunken remains of the USS Arizona, the prime memorial site of that horrific attack. Next weekend, our memorials to fallen veterans continues, with the laying of wreaths in each National Cemetery, across the country. We will maintain our tributes to those who fell, and to those who came back, continued to serve those they loved and, in many cases, struggled with their demons.
Their fight for the common good, however ongoing and difficult, is indelible.