The anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 is a day that has some special meaning to me.
I was stationed at Pearl Harbor for almost four years while I was in The United States Navy.
Hawaii is a peaceful place and many Sunday mornings I would look up into the sky and try to imagine hundreds of hostile Japanese warplanes diving out of the sky to kill the unwitting sailors, marines, airmen, and civilians at Pearl Harbor. I always had a hard time imagining the scenario as it must have played out.
This cowardly sneak attack killed 2,403 American servicemen and 68 civilians.
This attack killed 2403 American servicemen who were voluntarily serving their country and who had no idea they were about to be attacked. This attack roused our nation to arms. This attack 68 innocent civilians who had never commanded a hostile act towards Japan.
This is a history lesson that I hope no one in America forgets. We must always be vigilant and have the means to protect ourselves from foreign aggressors.
I am afraid that a lot of Americans have forgotten this key point.
I am not a war monger nor do I believe that The Pentagon is spending my tax money wisely; I have served in the military, I know how very wasteful they are.
America needs to remember its past and continue to work hard and be ready to defend ourselves from foreign aggressors as needed.