One of the most emotionally charged experiences I’ve ever had was standing in the Hawaiian sunlight, watching drop after drop of oil rise up from the USS Arizona. The past was not past — it was there, in front of me, in the water, still moving.
Let’s remember today those who died on December 7, 1941, and those who lived and fought and bled and died in the ensuing years, all to make the world safe for democracy.
UPDATE: Read about the last survivor Pearl Harbor Medal of Honor winner here. I was about to say that they don’t make them like that anymore, and then I stopped myself. They do, and they’re still in America’s military. Fortunately, not all are called to serve under such overwhelming circumstances.
UPDATE II: No surprise that some of my favorite bloggers haven’t forgotten what today is either: