This Sunday, Dec. 7, many of us will be elbowing people at stores and fighting amongst family members over holiday decorating of the house. And that’s a good thing.
It shows we are living our lives on our terms. Obviously, we all wish for a little more cooperation from everybody else as we take on our holiday tasks, but this is what we are, and what we do. It’s part of what makes us Americans.
Of course, Dec. 7, 1941, was a different kind of day for many Americans. That was when Japanese pilots attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, claiming innocent lives and directly drawing the United States into World War II.
Our involvement changed the course of the war, helped push out tyranny and put a halt to the occupation and domination of many innocent European nations. No, it didn’t happen overnight, obviously, as the war extended into 1945, but it spurred change, and helped shape the landscape of our global relationships forever.
Really, who knows what could have eventually happened in the world had the United States not become involved? And it had been seen as a foregone conclusion that the United States was going to get involved soon anyway to help protect her allies. But there’s really no telling if the world’s complexion would be drastically different today if we had not been compelled to get involved right then and there.
What we do know for a fact is that more than 2,400 Americans lost their lives that day, for no better reason than they were attacked by an invading country. We still mourn their losses today, and ask that they are always remembered long into the future.
Dec. 7, 1941, is indeed a “date which will live in infamy,” as stated by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is also a day we should hold with honor and respect.