Remember Pearl Harbor: The 70th Anniversary
Today is the day before the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. For all the survivors who continue the legacy of our country’s honorable efforts, and the loved ones we’ve lost to time since December 7, 1941–we believe that Pearl Harbor remains a symbol of courage and strength the world over. Alfred Preis, the architect of the USS Arizona Memorial, described his monument as follows:
“Wherein the structure sags in the center but stands strong and vigorous at the ends, expresses initial defeat and ultimate victory….The overall effect is one of serenity. Overtones of sadness have been omitted to permit the individual to contemplate his own personal responses…his innermost feelings.”As we look back at the impact on December 7, 1941, and the events that followed, let us see history as a reminder that we are all equal. Nations and languages and cultural beliefs may separate us in our daily lives, but as human beings we are all connected to one thing: each one of us can draw an emotional relation to Pearl Harbor on an individual basis. On pearlharboroahu.org, which lists the 2011 events happening tomorrow at Pearl Harbor, we are reminded that the significance of Pearl Harbor and its legacy must be passed on to the next generation to remember a historic event that changed the world.
“As the generation of Pearl Harbor Survivors, WWII veterans, and home front civilians pass away, the stakeholders of WWII history pass on to the next generation the hope and promise to remember the events that changed their lives and the course of history. The 70th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration is an opportunity to explore the legacy of Pearl Harbor through the lens of American memory. All generations of Americans should be involved in the exploration and discovery of this history.”Wherever you are this Wednesday, December 7, 2011, we hope you take a moment to remember Pearl Harbor.