We are still celebrating the 50th anniversary of World War II. 50 years ago in 1944 was the year of D-Day. Next year will bring the anniversaries of V-E Day and V-J Day from 1945. Today marks the 54th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
I can’t even imagine the horror of that day. The attack, the oil burning on the water, the men caught in pockets of air under the water, whose knocking was slowly stopping and when they tried to rescue them the air often escaped when they cut in before they could get a big enough hole to get them out. Still we were lucky the Japanese sunk most of the ships in the harbor and we could raise them and use them again. Black tears, drops of oil, still slowly rise off the USS Arizona.
I had a personal connection with the Pearl Harbor attack. My grandmother always kept her high school yearbook. It meant a lot to her. She’d put silver stars on the boys in it who had been wounded in the war and gold stars on the ones who were killed. It included a photo of James Herring. He’d been in Iowa City High a few years ahead of her and he was killed in the attack. Every year I put flowers on his grave at Memorial Day. Remember to spare a thought today for Herring and all the members of the armed forces who fell that day.
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