I always wake up on December 7th and remember what this date means to the United States of America. I received my Wall Street Journal, looked at the front page and saw no mention of what December 7th commemorates. I looked at the front page of the Seattle Times (which I do not receive) and gave a quick glance at its front page. Again no mention of December 7, 1941. I went to My Edmonds News, and saw absolutely nothing mentioned about December 7th, except that tonight several local churches are having a Candle Light Vigil to pray for “Climate Change” action, with the mayor of Edmonds speaking at their Climate Change Event. Are the churches having any vigil for the horror that besieged this country on December 7th, so long ago? I called Edmonds United Methodist to ask; they are not having any kind of service to honor/remember December 7th, however they are part of the Climate Change vigil for tonight.
I was not even born in 1941, but my family, my church, my school, my community and my conscience ALWAYS had me remember what December 7th meant. My father went off to enlist in the Marine Corp after this December 7th attack. He was 18 years old. He fought in the Pacific Theatre. So instead of our local churches having a “Candle Light Vigil” for all those who died in the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941; they have chosen to have a vigil for climate change. Could any other date have been picked for this Climate Change Vigil? Have we as a community lost our sense of history? Have we no soul? Has the 74 years erased this cataclysm of an event?
My parents’ generation has almost perished. But many of that generation died before their time because of December 7th surprise attack by Japan. I cannot even imagine how they, who fought, would feel if they knew that 74 years later the local churches, government heads, and schools would not even remember what December 7th represents. That it would be ignored and not one candle be lit to remember them.
So to you who remember, please light your candle; to those who fought and sacrificed, I honor you. I will always honor you, I will always remember, and I will always tell my children, my grandchildren what December 7th means and what you did for this United States of America. And will also remind my heirs that history repeats itself, because people forget.