Pearl Harbor and the Greatest Generation

Let’s see. I was chasing the treadmill belt early this a.m. and here is the top story as reported by the Talking Heads on CNN and Fox News. Alec Baldwin managed to get booted off an American Airlines flight yesterday for apparently refusing to quit playing a word game on his iPad and then throwing a temper tantrum.

Wow. Note to self: Is this really news?

Oh, by the way. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I know. That’s history. But we make a mistake by failing to remember the significance of that event. It forced the USA into World War II and ultimately led to the defeat of Japan, Germany and Italy. And it effectively ended the Great Depression as American men and women flocked to factories to produce the weapons and equipment necessary to support the war effort.

We also make a mistake by failing to salute the members of the Greatest Generation — a term made popular by Tom Brokaw — many of whom gave their lives to protect the freedoms that today we often take for granted.

That somehow seems more important to me than anything Alec Baldwin might be doing these days.

And in case you haven’t seen this — or haven’t seen it for a while — here’s FDR’s speech to Congress following the attack on Pearl Harbor, calling December 7, 1941, a “date that will live in infamy.”

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