Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Date Which Lives in Infamy

[This is a repost of my last year's post commemorating Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day]

In honor of our American soldiers and civilians who died at Pearl Harbor 69 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 visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and it is an impressive and somber sight to behold. Here are a few of the pictures I took while we were there:




The man in the yellow shirt on the right in the picture below is my daddy. Notice his respectful stance 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.

3 comments:

Deb said...

I really enjoyed the post last year...and it's just a great this year....

racheld said...

Oh, Janie,

You have a wonderful way with words as well as pictures, and this is one well worth doing again.

The Soldiers and Sailors and Marines all appreciate your kind words and prayers.

rachel

Jenni said...

Oh my! how moving... I felt all "weepy" as I read this post and looked at the pictures...thanks so much for posting it again, because I didn't get to see it when you did it last year...

thanks so much for the post today, Janie, it is beautiful, and I am so touched....