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A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

Today we commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor. It’s been a long time since that day. So long that last year was the final year for formal ceremonies. Some make the argument that by bringing it up every year, it perpetuates long held grudges. And to them I say, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Just consider my generation’s Pearl Harbor; the 9/11 attacks. Once again, America was the victim of a surprise attack that shocked the world. But, just like after Pearl Harbor, when America was attacked on 9/11 her citizens banded together and dealt with her aggressors. We must always be vigilant.

So here is my salute to America’s Greatest Generation and more so to those who served in the military during the inter-war years. That was true dedication. Thank you for showing us the way. May we always follow your example. And, a moment of silence for the 2402 Americans who were lost on that day and the hundreds more who were wounded in service to this great Nation.

President Roosevelt called today, “A date which will live in infamy.” May we never forget it.

This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

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