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December 7, 1941

Seventy-three years ago on a peaceful Sunday morning, while Americans went to church and read the Sunday paper and enjoyed Sunday dinner, had already started their holiday preparations, everything changed. Remember Pearl Harbor and all the lives lost that day: sailors (all the battleships, and especially the Arizona), soldiers, pilots, civilians. Remember all the souls lost in all of World War II, on every front, everywhere.

There are not many veterans left who remember that day. Not many civilians who were adults then, either. Most of those still around were either babies or children, some old enough to know something important had happened. Everyone became part of the war effort at home and overseas. There was rationing, paper and scrap drives, factories running 24/7, and war bond drives. The War was everywhere, and sometimes took the form of telegrams or grim-faced military men coming to tell widows and other loved ones sad news.

1941 was the last Christmas some families would all be together.


DECEMBER 7, 1941


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Dec. 9th, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
I know I'm a little late, but thank you so much for posting this. I know eventually it will become 'history', and for many it already has, but my mom is still alive and tells me stories about that day. My family was fortunate that my grandfather was too young for WWI and too old for WWII so we didn't lose anyone, but it was such a devastating war. I hope we never see anything like it again.
Dec. 9th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. My father remembers seeing the big headlines in the newspaper the next day and as a kid was very much caught up in the war effort. My mom was younger but had memories of the war, too. My dad's older brothers fought in Europe and survived to come home. My dad would fight in Korea and met many World War II veterans in the service, too.

World War II is fast becoming the Civil War: sepia-toned photographs of people long gone and with few people able to tell their stories of first-hand experiences. The ceremony at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl featured veterans in their 90s, and one was 102!

Edited at 2014-12-09 05:05 pm (UTC)
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