Today in 1941, as America’s Pacific fleet lay in ruins at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt requests, and receives, a declaration of war against Japan. “Yesterday,” the president proclaimed, “December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. 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.” Roosevelt’s 10-minute speech, ending with an oath, “So help us God”, was greeted in the House by thunderous applause and stamping of feet.
This week’s paper reflects the details of a great occasion recognized by our Mayor and City Council. Ken Taylor was a local boy who gained fame (which he famously downplayed) by being the first combat pilot to shoot down a Japanese Zero at the Attack on Pearl Harbor. We will play the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! this Saturday evening at 5:30 PM at the Hominy Community Center which he helped direct. A Governor’s Proclamation awaits as this is typed.
I was thinking on words that would be meaningful about our Thanksgiving Day experience this week and looked at something I wrote last year about this time. I think it bears repeating and still rings true. Allow me to repeat those thoughts.
“This week we reflect on all the many things we have to be thankful for. Not just material things but our freedoms to choose. This is not something everyone has especially on the other side of the planet. Our Founding Fathers crafted the great experiment that overtime through wrong turns and bumps gave us a nation where you can pretty much reach for any star you put your mind to. Although these freedoms are protected by rough men and strong women willing to do hard things (our veterans and now serving soldiers), it is important to consider the process of Thanksgiving. The thankful (you) reflect on those things you are blessed with and then to transmit you’re thanks to our Supreme Commander in Heaven. Simple huh?” Continue reading
Friday November 18th our flags will be tucked away with one more memorable Veteran’s Day behind us. The City and High School did an outstanding job recognizing those who served in our community. Our Veterans of the Year honorable ones this year were Bob Hough, Dean Bach, and James Frazier. It was great to see Jim and Polly but a special salute goes out to their son Michael, who travelled from glitzy Las Vegas Nevada to attend.
The team put out flags on Main Street and Highway 99 and 20 on Friday November 4th and they will remain up till Friday November 18th as Veteran’s Day is upon us. This is the time we recognize those who serve and have served regardless of the capacity or branch of service. We have those who have seen the worst conflict can dish out and those whose contributions supported “the tip of the spear”. All, at one time, raised a right hand and swore an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. All gave some, some gave all.