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Posted 12-06-2004 at 18:36:13
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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Dec. 7, 1941 a day that has lived in infamy. It was the beginning of a time that no one knew what the outcome would be, most didn't fully comprehend what would insue for the next four years. It is miraculous that General Motors who had no building, no machines, no trained engineers but twelve months later the first plane rolled off the assembly line and on to the runway. More amazing, a man was given a contract to build an all around utility vehicle. Thirty days later, two or three were delivered to the Pentagon. That was the now famous Jeep. The Kaiser Co built the famous Liberty ships. The Germans didn't have enough torpedos to sink them all.
I remember collecting bacon grease and various kinds of metal for the war effort in a pony drawn cart. I'm sure that many of you older folks have similar stories, because the entire United States participated in the war. My Father had a bus run and would not charge anyone in uniform. Everyone contributed to the war effort, even though some efforts were small, they were multiplied by the many millions of adults and children.
Then you read, as in the previous posts, about those brave young men and women who sacrificed so much to free other countries. The United States was indeed a sleeping Tiger on Dec. 6, 1941 but the next day things would change, so dramatically, for decades to come. Then those young men and women came home and delivered a work ethic that is still present to this day.
I can't help but think back to the Civil War and how that war defined us as a nation. We were certainly devided during the war but when it ended every attempt was made to unite us again.
Another example of our greatness was immediately after the Revolutionary war, we loaned England money to help stabalize their weak economy.
It is a shame that our educational system does not teach our children how great this country is.
We are the only country in world history that never took land after having defeated its enemy. We didn't rape or pillage the defeated. It did happen but when caught the soldiers were brought to justice. Unlike other countries, this was the reward given to their troops. Japan's invasion of China was an absolute horror. Russia, the same. The list goes on, but the U. S. won't be included in this list. Instead of committing these atrocities we sent them money. Billions of dollars to rebuild their economies.
Yes, we are still a great country and we owe so much to the men and women who served and who are presently serving to protect us. World War II would have had a different outcome had we not been atacked on December 7, 1941. We supplied all of our Allies, Russia, England and others. We fought the war on two fronts at the same time. We could easily have lost the war had we not had the kind of people who fought so couragesly. They most definately need to be thanked tomorrow.