December 7, 1941, 69 years ago today.
Just a week ago we were in Washington, DC and had a chance to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. While I’m not sure the kids got the scope of the memorial it was stunning none-the-less. Here is a diagram I found online of the whole space. The last time I was in DC the construction for this hadn’t even started (it started in Sept 2001).
Here are a few photos I took while we were there. The entire time I was thinking of my grandfather who served in the Coast Guard during WWII and a few other friends I know who did as well.
“THEY FOUGHT TOGETHER AS BROTHERS-IN-ARMS. THEY DIED TOGETHER AND NOW THEY SLEEP SIDE BY SIDE. TO THEM WE HAVE A SOLEMN OBLIGATION.”
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
“DECEMBER 7, 1941, A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY… 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.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
THE HEROISM OF OUR OWN TROOPS… WAS MATCHED BY THAT OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE NATIONS THAT FOUGHT BY OUR SIDE…THEY ABSORBED THE BLOWS… AND THEY SHARED TO THE FULL IN THE ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION OF THE ENEMY.”
President Harry S. Truman
Battle of Midway – June 4-7, 1942
“THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO WIN. YET THEY DID, AND IN DOING SO THEY CHANGED THE COURSE OF A WAR… EVEN AGAINST THE GREATEST ODDS, THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE HUMAN SPIRIT- A MAGIC BLEND OF SKILL, FAITH AND VALOR- THAT CAN LIFT MEN FROM CERTAIN DEFEAT TO INCREDIBLE VICTORY.”
Author Walter Lord
“WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS OF THE NATION, NOT AS WOMEN… THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR, AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT.”
Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby (director of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, which later became the Women’s Army Corps)
And so please remember to always thank a soldier, whether active or veteran. They give their all to keep our liberties and to keep us safe.