Today is the 64th anniversary of the event that drew us into World War Two...the Japanese sneak attack against the U.S. Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
My wife and I had the priviledge to visit the USS Arizona Memorial 8 days ago. It is an amazing tribute, steeped in reverence and remembrance. Having lived in Hawaii from 1994-98, I had multiple visits to the Memorial, whenever family would visit. This visit, although the memorial, the museum and the program for the tour has not changed, was more moving than it had ever been before. I am not sure why. Because I have seen war? I have seen tradegdy, loss, death, and the joy of seeing your buddy emerge from the cloud of black smoke and fire unscathed. Freedom is sweeter, a little more touching, to those who have seen the face of battle.