On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese put into motion “Operation Hawaii,” which later became known as “Operation Z.” It’s been said that planning for this operation began as early as January of that year, and that the Japanese planned to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and less alert for an attack.
The attack at Pearl Harbor lasted 110 minutes, in all, and 2,355 U.S. service members were killed, along with 68 civilians. Another 1,143 service members and 35 civilians were wounded. The Japanese were not without casualties, either, as 65 of their service members were killed during the attack, with an additional one being taken prisoner.
It was swift. It was without warning. And it changed the course of history, as the United States was brought into World War II, and the phrase “Remember Pearl Harbor” was a rallying cry for American soldiers during the duration of the war.
We remember those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on this 71st anniversary of the attack, as well as all those who followed in World War II.
Many of us remember where we were when President John F. Kennedy was assasinated in 1963, or when the planes took down the towers on Sept. 11, 2001. For another generation, their shared tales of misery and shock took place when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Those are three modern days when many of us felt collective vulnerability, and perhaps a shattered sense of innocence.
Many of those who were around in 1941 are no longer with us, and that number continues to shrink at all-too-fast a rate. It is important that we hear their stories, understand what they experienced and pass along those personal tales to future generations — not only because we must properly understand and appreciate our history to prevent from making the same mistakes, but also because those personal stories give us a much clearer look at events than the words in a history book ever could.
Remember Pearl Harbor.
The Frankford Public Library is undertaking an ambitious expansion project to better serve this community. They have been succesful at obtaining grants to fund this project, and recently they broke ground to get the ball rolling.
But more money is still needed, and fundraising efforts are ongoing. The newly-opened Little Vegas Sports Lounge in Frankford will host a charitable effort on Saturday, Dec. 8, where a portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the library. For more information, call Darrell at (302) 387-9434. To make a donation directly to the library, they accept PayPal on their Web site, which can be found at www.frankfordlibrary.org.