Sunday, December 07, 2008

Pearl Harbor Day

We should all take a moment today to remember the lives lost 67 years ago today.

In rereading President Franklin Roosevelt's speech about the attack, I was struck by how certain words he spoke ring so true in the world we now live in:

"Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory... I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God."

That's the FDR that I like to remember.

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