In honor of our American soldiers and civilians who died at Pearl Harbor 68 years ago today, I want to share a few actual photographs taken during the attack. I borrowed the photos from the Emerson Kent web site, which is a comprehensive world history research site. They are truly incredible pictures, and you can click on them to enlarge them, if you'd like.
Several years ago, we were fortunate to be able to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and it is a very impressive and somber sight to behold. Here are a few of the pictures I took while we were there:
The man on the right in the picture below is my daddy. Just look at how respectful he's standing, as he looks out across the water at one of the monuments, probably thinking of where he was that day and of the friends he lost. He served in the Navy and, thankfully, was stationed at Corpus Christi when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place.
I took this picture inside the USS Arizona Memorial. The windows form a "tree of life" which reflects on the wall of names of the service men and women who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.
I would also like to remember with sincere gratitude our servicemen and women who are currently risking their lives every day to keep America out of harm's way. May God protect them as they protect us, and bless them and their families for the sacrifices they make for us.