Gratitude for Sacrifice

pearl harbor 2Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor – December 7, 1941.  It began 77 years ago at 7:55 am.  If you have visited the Memorial over the sunken Arizona where the sailors are still entombed, you are sobered by their sacrifice.  War is a terrible thing yet through it men rise to honor and sacrifice for their fellow men.   Over 2,400 were killed and 1,000 wounded that day.  The most causalities occurred on the USS Arizona as it was hit 4 times by Japanese bombers.  A piece of trivia- 37 confirmed pairs or trios of brothers were assigned to the Arizona and this battle cost 62 of these 77 men their lives and 23 sets of brothers died.  I can’t imagine the grief those families suffered all in one day.   President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it as “a date that will live in infamy.”  Just like September 11, 2001 will live on in our minds so should December 7th.

05 Duty, Honor, SacrificeSay a prayer of gratitude today for the sacrifices these men and those brave men and women who continue to sacrifice their lives, time, talents and family time for our freedom.

Seeking to honor their sacrifice and service.

Linda

2 thoughts on “Gratitude for Sacrifice

  1. As the generation that fought WW2 ages and dwindles, the human memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor is replaced by a sometimes “drier” history to younger generations. Thank you for this post because our remembrance of the acts of service and sacrifice of previous generations gives us a meaningful perspective on who we are. We are able to love and serve others because God first loved and served us. It is good to thank him for those who went before us, on whose shoulders we stand.

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