Today’s Anniversary: Pearl Harbor

It's December 7, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy" because of the attack on Pearl Harbor on this date in 1941.  The events that occurred 71 years ago today in Hawaii are the type of tragic events that, similar to President Kennedy's assassination in 1963, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, and the events of September 11, 2001, people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news, and so today's blog has a more solemn tone.  The best way to experience Pearl Harbor and the events of December 7, 1941, is to see it in person.  If you ever visit Hawaii, definitely make plans to see the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pearl Harbor historic sites, which are part of the larger World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument that spans Hawaii, Alaska and California.  The USS Arizona Memorial is built right above the sunken USS Arizona, which had 1.4 million gallons of fuel on board when it sank.  71 years later, oil from the USS Arizona still surfaces.  If you are fortunate, a Pearl Harbor survivor or two may be at the historic site on the day of your visit.  These brave men and women are rare treasures who are willing to share eyewitness accounts of the terrible events they experienced.  The sacrifices they and others made on December 7, 1941 will never be forgotten.