Today is December 7, for those of you who are just crawling out of bed and have not looked at the calendar yet.
Today is the 66th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
My mother still talks to me about what that Sunday morning was like in Seattle, when word reached them over their radio of the attack. She says she had never seen a city turned so still and quiet so fast. That is until September 11.
One of her most vivid memories of that day and the years following are the black outs. At night time you could not have one single light showing through your windows. They had community people who would walk the streets looking for light leaking through the windows. As a child I really had no clue what that was all about. Why they had to keep all the light inside.
Right now, in Pearl Harbor,Hawaii the remains of 1, 177 USS Arizona seamen rest. Where their ship sunk to the bottom of the harbor. Many of them remained alive for days, even weeks after the ship sunk.
So as we continue on our day, readying ourselves for Christmas, this weekend, the next work week, please take a few minutes at 8:30 am Pacific Time to say a quick prayer, remembrance, thought for all of our men and women who are serving in the military and protecting our rights. While we argue over whether it is a Christmas Tree or a Holiday Season, remember who has given us the right to be able to argue over these details....men and women who have died protecting our rights and the rights of others.