69 years ago today America was attacked by Japan and our country was forever changed. It was the awakening of the Greatest Generation for whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. Without them, who knows what our lives would be like.
Sixty-eight years ago today, the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. In an instant, our nation was at war. 2,402 were killed and 1,282 injured. There are countless stories of bravery and selflessness during those horrific three hours. Fifteen men received the Medal of Honor for their heroism on that brutal Sunday morning:
Home of Heroes (hat tip Endangered in Mass)
Though only these fifteen men received our Nation’s highest award, each would have been quick to point to the courage and valor of the many others who were heroes that day, whose deeds may have passed unnoticed and unheralded. In almost every community around our Nation, there are still living survivors of that horrible day. As a nation we owe them much…our respect, our thanks, and our compassion. But, more than anything else, we owe it to these valiant men, never to forget the events of December 7, 1941. God bless America.