"December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy," is how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, described that horrible day 70 years ago today when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Those in our country who are old enough to have memories of that day can still describe how they felt when they received the bone-chilling news that the United States had been attacked and would then be joining a war that had already been raging in Europe and the South Pacific. What followed was renewed patriotism and everyone pulling together to support the war effort.
How much Roosevelt and the U.S. military knew of Japan's plans to attack has been debated by historians through the decades. Nevertheless, the attack came as a complete surprise to most of the American public.
Modern-day Americans know the horror we felt when our nation was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. And now our world has been forever changed by subsequent attempted and successful terrorist attacks both on our soil and abroad.
If you are too young to have a personal recollection of that tragic day when Pearl Harbor was attacked 70 years ago, ask someone who belonged to that "greatest generation" or a World War II vet to pass along their memories to you. Don't waste time, that generation is rapidly passing on. We're sure your life will be enriched by their story and it will help strengthen our collective resolve to never allow this to happen to our country again.