With the rush of Christmas fast approaching and the length of time that has passed since December 7, 1941, I almost let the day slip past unrecognized.
I was very young when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place. But since that time, I've recognized that anniversary the same way millions of us recognize September 11, 2001. I don't use it to keep old animosities alive--the people responsible have been punished, and we've all moved on. But it's not bad to look back and recognize both the unexpected attack and the heroism of the people who sacrificed a great deal to defend our freedom.