Indulge me for just a second, if you would.
Go over to your wall calendar and see if there's anything printed on it for today (or yesterday, if you happen to be reading this on Monday). Not that you put there, but what the calendar manufacturer put on there.
Is it blank, or do you see something?
Well, something's missing from mine.
It used to be that every calendar I bought had this day marked. I'm a bit dismayed to discover that this particular calendar forgot to include a day I consider to be one of the most impacting, important days in our history.
And just to be snotty, but more importantly, to make sure you remember, I'm not going to tell you what today is. I want you to leave me a comment and tell me. No fair reading off other people's comments, either.
After taking fifteen comments ...
Most of you did pretty well. I do need to correct one misconception, however - Pearl Harbor didn't start World War II. We were already at war in Europe. Pearl Harbor brought us into war with Japan, thereby making the war a two-pronged effort for the United States as we sent military forces into the Pacific and to Europe.
Pearl Harbor was a completely unprecedented event in our history. Things had been simmering with Japan for a little while, but more on a government level - Japan was unhappy with the United States for interfering with the nasty doings Japan was trying to carry out with China. The American people had no reason to think there might be some kind of attack. All our attention was focused on Europe, and that's part of what made the Pearl Harbor attack so shocking. We feared the Nazis, but all of a sudden, our people were being shot down by a new enemy from a new frontier.
I want to know why this event is not still on our calendars. I haven't purchased my 2009 calendar yet, but I'm going to see if I can find one that still remembers.
And because David mentioned the USS Arizona, when I went searching for an image for this blog, I decided on this one. Do not forget. Do not let your children forget. When we forget these moments of our history, we forget who we are.
Now, if I could only find a calendar that has August 6th marked, I'd be a completely happy camper. But I don't suppose the calendar makers consider that day important, either.