65th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

History - in every century, records an act that lives forevermore. We'll recall - as in to line we fall, the thing that happened on Hawaii's shore. Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR - As we go to meet the foe - Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR As we did the Alamo. We will always remember - how they died for liberty, Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR and go on to victory. This song, by Don Reid and Sammy Kaye echoes today on this 65th Anniversary of the Day of Infamy. Every 5 years since 1946, the Pearl Harbor Survivors' Association has met in Hawaii to comemorate, remember and render honors. According to the association president, former Marine Mal Middlesworth, this might be the last reunion. It figures to be true since most of these fellows are now well into their 80s and 90s. Middlesworth said tht he didn't think too many of them would be around for the 70th Anniversary. This, then, is a special day. We could and should take a lesson from these Pearl Harbor survivors and their families. Sure, their motto is 'Remember Pearl Harbor'. However, that is only the first half of the motto. The second half - and this is the truth - is 'Keep America Alert'. It has always been thus. I think that this is especially fitting. It is also ironic in the light of the sneak attack on 9/11. It's not that we didn't have signs before. Remember the Marine Barracks in Beirut? We didn't heed the lesson imparted by the Pearl Harbor Survivors. Let's not let it happen again. Let's pay attention. "Situational awareness" is a prime tenet of training in the armed forces. Let's apply it to our everyday life as we remember Pearl Harbor.

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