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As most realize, today, December 7 is what has been known as “the date that will live in infamy” due to the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor back in 1941 that thrust the United States into World War Two.
It is a day to be remembered and has been remembered since.
Locally, there is a yearly Remembrance hosted by the Sons & Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors to keep the memory alive, what with survivors of that fateful day being short in number now due to age.
They couldn’t be more wrong. With the attack launching us onto World War Two and the all out effort to defeat the Axis powers, not only was our own freedoms preserved, but former enemies that we defeated came to enjoy freedoms and became our partners.
There have been efforts since the attack at controversy. Claims of advance knowledge of it coming, allowing it to happen, even that then President Roosevelt provoked Japan into attacking us (sound familiar, Ron Paulies?)
I doubt much of that mattered that peaceful Sunday morning to the men and women that were abruptly thrust into war by the surprise attack, though.
The latest from the great kids at Tussing Elementary School
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Many thanks to Michael Souders and those wonderful third grade children in his school
I was pleased to read of the dedication this past Saturday of the POW/MIA Memorial at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Fourth Plain. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend.
I was able to not only attend the POW/MIA recognition ceremonies in 2011, but to tape the speaker as well, former WWII POW Dale Bowlin, who also spoke this past Saturday, video below.
Sorry about background noise, but he was speaking very close to the freeway that day.
Well worth the 6 minutes of your time to watch. If you’re feeling like giving up, reach out to anybody, me included. We’re here for you.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord salutes Vietnam-era veterans Oct. 9, 1-5 p.m. at Watkins Field.
Details and registration here upper right of page
Patty Murray, Democrat Senator from Washington State has long touted herself as the “best friend” Veterans have. And she has successfully thrown some money towards veterans and enjoyed many a photo-op with Veterans and cutting ribbon ceremonies.
In light of the revelations of “waiting lists” for Veterans to receive much needed healthcare, some dying while waiting, she now demands “decisive actions” at a hearing by the Senate Veterans Affair Committee she has sat on since 1995 and chaired between 2011 and 2013
Sadly, the calls sound like little more than recorded rhetoric we heard from her in 2007 when it was discovered that one building at Walter Reed Hospital was in deplorable condition as she and other Democrats politicized it, demanding then President Bush’ head on a platter.
This “Golden Jubilee” celebrates the founding of the Parade in 1964, a time of a troubled America ripped apart by a Presidential Assassination, Civil Rights struggle, the Cold War and in need of such a spirit-lifting event.
Nineteen sixty-four also saw a growing involvement 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in the small Asian country of Vietnam that would further divide the American public, with returning Troops met with scorn and derision by a misunderstanding population.
We all know that such speeches are designed to be boastful and filled with platitudes and claims of how good things are under the official giving them. And we also know most spin the facts to make the giver appear better than they are.
But, Leavitt took the opportunity to show just what an immature asshole he really is.
Very brief excerpts of some of the talent seen at the February 22, 2014 Luau to Honor World War Two and Korean War Veterans in Vancouver, Washington.
Few people have been prouder of their Father than Vancouver’s Penny Ross. And she has every right to be proud of her Dad, retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Donald K. Ross.
Most of us of the baby boomer generation grew up with fathers that served in World War Two and performed heroically and are also proud of their sacrifices.
But Penny’s father went well above and beyond on December 7, 1941, not just surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, but becoming the very first recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War Two for his actions aboard the U.S.S. Nevada.
December 7, 1941, the “date that will live in infamy” marked America’s entrance into World War II, what was to become the bloodiest conflict in recorded history that saw over 16 Million Americans putting on the uniform of one of the various branches making up our Armed Services.
When the world needed them the most, these men & women answered the call to fight a tyrannical enemy on the battlefields, in the air and on the open seas, prevailing four years later after over 400,000 of their number lay dead with another 670,000 wounded.
Five years later, 1950, many answered the call again to stand against another enemy to freedom in the small country of Korea, joining the younger men & women until a cease fire was signed 3 years later.
Due to the weather, the local December 7 Observance had to be cancelled today. So here are excerpts of memories from survivors of the attack they shared with us on the 70th Anniversary in 2011.
Some of these heroes are no longer with us and it is only a matter of time before the others join them. We must not let their experiences fade away and be unknown to younger generations
Very accomplished guitarist, Ernesto Quilban, playing a medley of the themes of the United States Military Themes.
Recorded live at the Vancouver, Washington Armed Forces Reserve Center, November 27, 2013 for the first annual Thanksgiving Eve Military Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Clark County Veterans Court Board.
Thanksgiving Day will soon be upon us and we will likely sit down with family and friends, overeat, watch a ball game and of course, somewhere in the course of the day we will give thanks for living in such a great country.
Most of us do not know hunger; fear of being dragged from our homes in the middle of the night to be interrogated or targeted by despots merely because we disagree with them and wish to lobby for changes.
We have fields of grain unlike many other countries and such bountiful farmlands that even the poorest among us are fed regularly.
We will give credit to many for such riches, but who really deserves credit?
It should be remembered that while aging 80 and 90 year old WW2 Veterans, many in wheelchairs, were Barrycaded from entering their memorial, threatened with arrests and harassed by government employees, Illegal Aliens were permitted to hold a rally in Washington D.C. during the shut down within closed areas and Democrat officials attended, many speaking
The Community Military Appreciation Committee instituted back in 2009 to show appreciation to our Veterans and their families was something I looked upon as much needed in our community, as they worked to remind the community we do have Veterans and they need our support.
The group came into being as Events in our community hosted by the Military were in danger of being cancelled due to those Units being moved northward and out of the community, leaving us with few active duty.
From the efforts of Dan Tarbell and city council member Larry Smith, both Veterans, CMAC came into being and was established to promote Veterans and continue the proud tradition of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
And, the group was intended to be nonpolitical. Or so we were told.
Elvis fans rejoice, Mark Stevenz, one of the top 20 Elvis Tribute Artists will be performing this Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Tyee Yacht Club in Portland on Marine Drive.
A Luau is scheduled from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with a full line-up of top notch entertainers to benefit the Clark County Veterans Court.
Along with Mark Stevenz’s Las Vegas style Show will be acclaimed guitarist Ernesto Quilban returning on behalf of Veterans leading off the Luau at Noon.
Those of us who served in Vietnam know all too well the “Myth of the Deranged Veteran” that cast a dark shadow over us for so long. We recall the negative portrayals of us after our return in television, movies and even book series.
We were ticking time bombs, drug addicts, mentally disturbed due to some horrific experience we were forced to endure by the hated government of the time and we were subject to “flashbacks” where we would mentally find ourselves back in some battle, but in reality doing harm or killing innocent people, people we either didn’t even know or our loved ones.
That it was a lie did not even matter, it sold and convinced many to either fear us or to pity us.