Memories of Pearl Harbor attack must endure and inform
don’t remember who won the game, but I do recall Inez Madere Millet, in her band uniform, shouting to someone, “The Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor!”
I remember listening to war news on the radio for the next three or four years. I remember my grandmother worrying because she had four sons serving their country.
I remember the end of the war and the pride we Americans had. We were together. We had won the war.
Our local school board published a book right after the war recognizing the 31 men from St. John the Baptist Parish who died in the fighting. Preserving those memories for the future is important.
Let me encourage some of you who served during the war to share your experiences with our young people so they will never forget.
We have fought other wars in the past, and many men and women, unselfishly, gave their lives for our freedom. Let’s never forget the veterans.
America had always been able to pull together to fight the enemy. We were a strong and proud nation.
My concern is that we are in a war now, and it’s taking place in America. The crime rate escalates as domestic violence, gang wars and drug abuse cause overcrowded jails that continue to plague society.
Abortion on demand is legal and sexual promiscuity is running rampant. Yes, America is a war zone and we are losing the battle.
The reason is that today, we — unlike the Americans during the Second World War — refuse to come together and solve the problems that have weakened our once-great country.
We must always remember Pearl Harbor. But we must also come together and focus today on the battles we now face.