Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
At dinner last night, a friend reminded me that the day before was the anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor. This came up because I had mentioned that John Lennon was assassinated December 8, 1980.
I can’t explain to you why, but I felt particularly stupid for remembering a rock star milestone, but not an American milestone.
Well, actually, I hadn’t remembered John Lennon’s death. Was reminded of that by a Facebook friend. Anyway, I had a spiritual moment that gently reminded me that the world has always been a tough, uncertain place.
It prompted me to silently, and discreetly, count my blessings and give thanks for what we have today.
From Wikipedia: Despite numerous historical precedents of unannounced military action, the lack of any formal declaration prior to the attack led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim “December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy”.
And while it’s proper to remember American milestones, it’s even greater to remember another day that will live on forever – Christmas.