Honoring the Past in the Present
This year, approximately twenty men will return to their homes, places they have not seen in 75 years. Through the use of dental records, DNA technology, and manifests from the Arizona and the Oklahoma, their remains have been identified and returned from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Though few, if any, in their hometowns will have specific memories of these men, we all know one of their stories: they lost their lives on a day which will live in infamy: December 7, 1941. While most of us are just working through another day today, I hope you’ll take a moment to think of all those who lost something 75 years ago today. If you have the opportunity to meet someone who served in World War II and is still alive today, listen to their stories. We honor the sacrifices and service by remembering them and what they fought—and died—for.