Seventy-four years ago today, the unthinkable happened. The U.S. was bombed on her own soil by the Japanese. This changed the world for that generation in a way that my generation could not understand until it happened to us on 9/11/2001.
The next day, December 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II.
Also on December 8, 1941, my dad was born. My grandmother always claimed that the stress of that news and the country entering the war caused her to go into labor early. My daughter, born shortly after 9/11, shares that distinction with her granddad.
See the Actual Telegram That First Spread the Word About Pearl Harbor
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We teach our children our history in the hopes we will not repeat it, and so that if we do, they may draw strength and wisdom from the way their ancestors handled situations;
or sometimes, to learn not to do what their ancestors did.