Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Seventh day of each December, we’ll remember, we’ll remember

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that triggered the US full force engagement in World War II. December 7, 1941. As President Franklin Roosevelt said at the time, it was “a date that will live in infamy.” But it’s also a date that has lived in acclaim, as well, as it got the US into the war, with all our industrial might, and that sure helped vanquish our foes.

It’s also the date that, at least indirectly, brought about the Rogers family.

Five years ago, I blogged about it here. IMHO, a post worth re-reading.

So on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a salute to those who lost their lives there, and to the millions of men like my father – and the women, too, like my mother’s great friend, and WWII WAVE, Ethel McGinn – who served in the military during the war. With a special shout out to dwindling number of survivors of the attack. The estimate is that there are 2,000 or so of them left. Just boys when the attack occurred. Old men now…

Shipmates, stand together
Don't give up the ship
Fair or stormy weather
We won't give up, we won't give up the ship

Friend and pals forever
It's a long, long trip
Come the 7th of December, we’ll remember, we’ll remember
Don’t give up the ship

1 comment:

Ellen said...

I reread your post about your dad and I can hear his voice telling his story, especially the anecdote about sending the guys to Mass.