Punchbowl National Cemetery
Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Oahu.
I am teary eyed as I write this post. I lived on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam from 2009 - 2013. I have visited the various sites around the base (and island) which were attacked. I have met veterans who returned. I have sat near the USS Arizona and USS Utah, listening to the water lap on top of the sunken ships.
Romance author Pamela Clare shares the story of Uncle Joe aboard the USS Utah at this link.
Defense Media Activity remembers the nurses who were there at this link.
Learn more about the 75th anniversary activities from the National Park Service at this link.
Looking at the USS Arizona from the USS Missouri
To this day, I can still hear actress Stockard Channing narrating the film at the Visitor's Center, asking, "How do we remember them?"
Here are my suggestions:
1. Thank a veteran.
2. Appreciate the freedom they defended.
3. Buy a poppy fron veterans' groups selling them outside grocery stores.
4. Watch the Hawaii Five O's episode, Ho'onani Makuakane - Honor Thy Father, from Season 4. The episode travels back in time to that day of infamy. Here's a preview from the producer, Peter Lenkov, at this link.
5. Write to deployed personnel - contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for addresses.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Vintage photo of Boy Scouts at Punchbowl