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Will you take a moment today to “never forget”?

L.A. Times 2012/12/07 18:00:00
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December 7, 1941, the date of the military strike by Japan on Pearl Harbor, is being remembered around the nation. In Washington, D.C. and states around the country, flags are being flown at half-staff to remember the more than 2,400 Americans killed and 1,200 injured in the attack.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the nation's outrage following the attack, which he called a “date which will live in infamy.” Within an hour, Congress had voted a declaration of war.

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  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/12/07 20:59:23
    Yes
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +10
    I always remember Pearl Harbor Day because my Dad was a WWll vet. We used to wait until the day after to put up our Christmas tree out of respect.

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  • AG 2012/12/28 21:24:36
    No
    AG
    Dang, I meant YES.
  • Steve 2012/12/14 14:35:24
    Yes
    Steve
    +1
    Some of us are reminded everyday.
  • ready46xwu 2012/12/12 03:22:04
    Yes
    ready46xwu
    there's never a day,
    that I forget to pay 'repects' 4 our military!
    i resent our 'GOVERNMENT', 4 putting us in some of
    thier 'dumb political' spots!
  • jburge 2012/12/11 04:25:56
    Yes
    jburge
    My dad's 7 brothers all fought in WW2. 4 as Marines in the Pacific. Island hopping. My dad and 3 brother's were in Europe. for three years fighting Nazis. He helped "liberate" one of the concentration camps. He said that's all he needed to see to see what he was fighting against. They all died in one year . All in their eighties.Dad was last. He went into a depression and never recovered. Every day I take a moment of thinking and remember.
  • syl 2012/12/10 17:22:16
    Yes
    syl
    +1
    My dad was stationed there, & left 4 months before Pearl Harbor. Our country should NEVER forget!
  • RJeffreySavlov 2012/12/10 17:07:59
    Yes
    RJeffreySavlov
    +1
    In 1998 and again a few years ago I visited the Arizona Memorial in pearl Harbor. It is something that every American should do. It really helps you understand who we are and what we are all about. If We did, our country wouldn't be in the mess it is in politically, economically and intellectually.
  • Nemat 2012/12/10 17:05:29
    Yes
    Nemat
    +1
    im always taking this moment but it makes sick and sad all the time so i ll try to just let go
  • hiram 2012/12/10 16:11:57
  • QC 2012/12/10 15:48:06
    Yes
    QC
    +1
    Considering that I just read the title of this poll and typed this response, I already took a moment not to forget.
  • Jensenmk 2012/12/10 14:14:15
    Yes
    Jensenmk
    +1
    Everyday I vow to never forget those who gave their lives in defense of this nation and to never forgive the enemies (both foreign and domestic) that continue to attack our people, values, and Constitution.
  • greyhound58 2012/12/10 13:44:56
    Yes
    greyhound58
    +1
    Many have already forgotten, just as most have no idea of the USS Maine ( even though questions abound about who blew her up ). Others will cry and carry on about the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki being nuked. They forget or look away at the ruthlessness of the Japanese army. They forget that Japan was at war with others years before Pearl Harbor, in Asia. Ask those people how well they were treated! Ask anyone who survived the hell of surrendering. Bataan death march - cant walk an step meant a bayonet in your side! Prisoners starved, were beaten to an inxh of thier lives and given little to no medical care.
    War is war! There really are no rules. When one fights it is to protect his or her home and family, not the ither guys. The fight is not "romantic" like in the movies, you fight to survive and maybe to save the guy next to you! And sometimes the cost gets higher. Sometimes innocent cilvilions die. Collateral damage is the clean easy term. A cost of waging war. Ask all the civilians in England who died in the Blitz or in the twin towers how they felt about dying. Myself, if the bombs weren't dropped on those days in 1945 ( don't forget the surrender was not signed until 1951, and the war really lasted six more years after the signing on the Mighty Mo ) I...
    Many have already forgotten, just as most have no idea of the USS Maine ( even though questions abound about who blew her up ). Others will cry and carry on about the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki being nuked. They forget or look away at the ruthlessness of the Japanese army. They forget that Japan was at war with others years before Pearl Harbor, in Asia. Ask those people how well they were treated! Ask anyone who survived the hell of surrendering. Bataan death march - cant walk an step meant a bayonet in your side! Prisoners starved, were beaten to an inxh of thier lives and given little to no medical care.
    War is war! There really are no rules. When one fights it is to protect his or her home and family, not the ither guys. The fight is not "romantic" like in the movies, you fight to survive and maybe to save the guy next to you! And sometimes the cost gets higher. Sometimes innocent cilvilions die. Collateral damage is the clean easy term. A cost of waging war. Ask all the civilians in England who died in the Blitz or in the twin towers how they felt about dying. Myself, if the bombs weren't dropped on those days in 1945 ( don't forget the surrender was not signed until 1951, and the war really lasted six more years after the signing on the Mighty Mo ) I and a great many others might not be here today. As the war progress across the Pacific into the home islands of Japan, the fight got harder. More of our troops died as civilians steppes in to help defend the emperor and thier homeland. In fact, conservative estimates state that 400,000 to 800,000 allied lives would be lost in the first 30 to 90 days of an invasion.
    So I will and will always remember "December 7th,1941 a day that will go done in infamy". And thank Harry S Truman for his courage to save my live!
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  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2012/12/10 13:11:36
    Yes
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
  • Mark P. 2012/12/10 12:28:57
    Yes
    Mark P.
    +1
    Hard to forget the death of so many Americans.
  • JAR HEAD 2012/12/10 07:56:13
    No
    JAR HEAD
    +1
    and then it happened again under Bush on 9/11
  • A Lionheart 2012/12/10 05:39:07
    Yes
    A Lionheart
    And I will never forget that we dropped nuclear bombs on them.
  • OGMGS1 2012/12/10 05:11:41
    No
    OGMGS1
    To be frank, I wasn't alive then. My grandparents weren't even alive lol. I get your question though. We must not forget about what happens when aggression in the world goes unpunished and appeased (both parties are guilty of that).

    Hopefully, everybody knows not to be anti-Japanese because of this attack. Japan is our biggest ally right now, and we don't need the American people to start hating on more allies at this dangerous time.
  • _Fake Smiles Hide The Truth_ 2012/12/10 04:50:53
    Yes
    _Fake Smiles Hide The Truth_
    +1
    Always :(
  • Steamtrain 2012/12/10 01:52:22
    Yes
    Steamtrain
    +1
    I did. I will never forget.
  • Doc Holiday 2012/12/10 00:49:18
    No
    Doc Holiday
    We already forgot. The schools don't even teach the students what happened on this day.
  • Lolita666 Doc Hol... 2012/12/10 05:38:49
    Lolita666
    Really? I go to a Canadian school and they taught us about it.
  • Doc Hol... Lolita666 2012/12/10 12:48:17
    Doc Holiday
    My kids were not taught about it, and that was about 15 years ago. Maybe things have changed but I doubt it.
  • Nickolie Doc Hol... 2012/12/10 18:52:02
    Nickolie
    I live in Illinois and we learned about it in Middle School.
  • syl Lolita666 2012/12/10 17:20:51
    syl
    They're probably too busy teaching about all the immigrants holidays & events.
  • Corsair Doc Hol... 2012/12/10 08:52:23
    Corsair
    That's a bloody shame. They still teach Pearl Harbor in our schools in Canada.
  • OhSoNiceMe 2012/12/09 22:51:09
    Yes
    OhSoNiceMe
    +1
    But I'll never forget August , 9, 1945 , the year we F-bombed japan
    We literally F-bombed them, one of the two bombs was called Fat Man
  • Hawk 2012/12/09 21:47:27
    Yes
    Hawk
    I will never forget.
  • Sailor Jerry [Proud Liberta... 2012/12/09 21:03:03
    Yes
    Sailor Jerry [Proud Libertarian]
    Pearl Harbor deserves more recognition than 9/11.
  • Waiting in the Wings 2012/12/09 20:25:56
    Yes
    Waiting in the Wings
    I remembered it.
  • Buoyant Leadraft 2012/12/09 20:09:17
    Yes
    Buoyant Leadraft
    PEARL WHAT?
  • David 2012/12/09 20:00:30
    No
    David
    I didn't take time on the 7th, but one can never forget this day of infamy!
  • mind-pilot 2012/12/09 19:45:33
    No
    mind-pilot
    +1
    No! We already forgot. We've allowed the Japanese economy to shadow ours. Our young people ( ages 65-30) don't even count the attack as world changing. But, we go around and say "we'll never forget". Truth is: We have already forgotten.
    Two years ago, on December 7th, a young man parked his Toyota and we started casually talking. I asked him if he new why December 7th was a special day in American history and he answered "I think so. Isn't it the day they first introduced the Toyota car to the United States?". At that point I figured we were done remembering.
    Now,as I drive around in my Buick or my Bronco and see all those "old people" driving their Toyotas,Nissans,Hondas, Subarus and more I figured they forgot. So, why should I keep the flame alive?
    Oh, they also say "these cars are better built too".
    PS to me and you, that old Bronco I have has about 330,000 miles on it and I haven't done a whole bunch to get it there.
    See ya America....we will forget! But we'll pat ourselves on the back saying we didn't forget.....Cheers mates! It's a pity.
  • DDogbreath 2012/12/09 18:45:01
    Yes
    DDogbreath
    +1
    I did. The question should be will you drive your Mitsubishi on December 7th?
  • toni 2012/12/09 18:36:08
    No
    toni
    +3
    Maybe what people should set aside a moment "to never forget" are Horoshima and Nagasaki.
  • Astoria... toni 2012/12/09 23:59:39
    Astoria Malfoy♥ Bass Redfern ~*In Harry Potter I Trust
    exactly!
  • Steamtrain toni 2012/12/10 01:54:39
    Steamtrain
    They were the enemy that attacked us. They got blasted. Case closed.
  • TKramar Steamtrain 2012/12/10 11:04:49
    TKramar
    And FDR knew and could have prevented it--but he needed Pearl Harbor to get Americans to back his war effort.
  • Nickolie TKramar 2012/12/10 18:54:05
    Nickolie
    Even if that's true that doesn't justify the attack.
  • TKramar Nickolie 2012/12/10 19:21:29
    TKramar
    The fact is, the Japanese were forced into it. Research the frozen assets held in American banks.
  • Nickolie TKramar 2012/12/11 03:10:50
    Nickolie
    Yes, I'm sure that the largest war in human history was one big conspiracy.
  • TKramar Nickolie 2012/12/11 10:58:50
    TKramar
    only our part in it.
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