December 7, 1941
On this day in history our country was attacked on our own soil. Naval Base Pear Harbor suffered catastrophic losses at the hand of the Japanese.
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy , the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. … As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. … With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounded determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
He was right!
This year I am thankful my Dad is home. He is active duty and sometimes is gone over holidays. This year keep in mind all the military members who are not with their families and also the families that miss them.
You might be shocked to know we still have 1,602 Americans who are still listed as POW/MIA. 101 from Texas alone. This Christmas give the gift of remembrance. Below is a link to an organization dedicated to the release and return of all POW/MIA’s. On their site you can order a bracelet with the name of a current POW/MIA. By wearing one of these bracelets you help keep the circumstance of these service members relevant as well as helping the efforts of the families.
What did you do this Veterans Day? My mom went and learned how teach kids about charactor by using stories form Medal of Honor recipients. This is Chuck Hagemeister. He recived the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Information on this class can be found at http://www.themedalofhonor.com
The Air Force Academy is an inspiring place to visit. I was there during a time known as Beast. This is the time when, new incoming cadets, go through a rigorous series of events to test mental and physical toughness as well as forming cohesion as a class. One of the highlights of a visit to the Academy is a visit to the chapel. I had been in the chapel many times but this is the first time I noticed that the front rows are roped off and have a dedication plaque to POW MIA’s. The rows remain empty in remembrance of those who can not attend. This is just one of the ways the Academy strives to honor those who serve; past and present, while training up our future.
I had the pleasure of speaking to NBC5 news about the POW table project. Living in a state that supports its military and first responses so much has made serving in this way a true honor.
click on the link below for the full story.