Mem­o­ries of Pearl Har­bor at­tack must en­dure and in­form

The Kansas City Star - - Opinion - BY HAROLD KELLER Harold Keller is founder of Get High on Life, a min­istry in Re­serve, La., that helps peo­ple who are strug­gling with sub­stance abuse.

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.

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