Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

Aloha! And the Gra­hams are back home af­ter a lovely warm sunny two-week va­ca­tion in beau­ti­ful Waikiki... what a great trip! We had vis­ited the Ari­zona Bat­tle­ship Me­mo­rial in Pearl Har­bor 15 years ago on our hon­ey­moon and thought it was time to go back and take our 11 year-old daugh­ter Charly this time.

For us it was a mean­ing­ful re­minder and for her it was a swift, solemn and com­plete his­tory les­son of WWII. The US mil­i­tary and Honolulu Parks Depart­ment present an in­cred­i­ble re-en­act­ment of what hap­pened on De­cem­ber 7, 1941 that in­cludes a graphic IMAX video and mu­seum rooms full of the most in­ter- es­t­ing pic­tures, ar­ti­facts and nar­ra­tives. And fi­nally you are es­corted across the wa­ter to the Ari­zona Bat­tle­ship that lies sub­merged in the har­bor, just below the sur­face. As you walk over­top you are feet away from the wa­ter and can clearly see the tears of oil that trickle still from within her beaten steel and then turn and scroll the listed names of the 2400 who per­ished that day. It is a truly haunt­ing, mean­ing­ful re­mem­brance. It was an ed­u­ca­tional and emo­tion­ally in­spir­ing af­ter­noon for our daugh­ter to learn first hand about the Se­cond World War and the fight for free­dom against Ger­many and Ja­pan. When Pearl Har­bor was bombed on that aw­ful day, Bri­tain’s PM Win­ston Churchill found com­fort in that the US was now com­mit­ted to go to war along­side them...he said, “The US is with us, up to their neck and to the death.” Rather than suf­fer de­feat at the hands of the Ja­panese, the Amer­i­can spirit stirred in a pro­found way and the al­lies bat­tled back. First Ger­many laid down arms and, in Au­gust 1942, the Ja­panese sur­ren­dered peace­fully back in Pearl Har­bor on board the deck of the re­stored “Mighty Mo”, the Bat­tle­ship Mis­souri, thus end­ing WWII. It still gives me shiv­ers to think of be­ing there with my fam­ily just days ago...a somber high­light of our trip.

Any­way, here we are again...spir­i­tu­ally en­riched, rested, nicely tanned and feel­ing blessed to be safely home to re­turn to rou­tine and school and work and lessons and ac­tiv­i­ties...sin­cere thanks (ma­halo) to our dear friends Suzie and Wayne, who took care of our house while we were away.

As I re­view my emails, the only com­mu­nity news I have to re­port to all of you is that next up is the Mor­rin Fig­ure Skat­ing Car­ni­val that is hap­pen­ing at 2:00 p.m. on March 6 at the Mor­rin Arena Sport­splex. It is al­ways a great Sun­day af­ter­noon ice show, so

- 17 make sure you try to get out to see it, not this week­end but next. And fi­nally, con­grats to one of my BFF’s and new­ly­weds Sharon and Dar­rell who re­cently “got Maui’d” ...so ex­cit­ing! Cheers!

Tor­pedo at Ari­zona Me­mo­rial, Pearl Har­bor

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