On December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Regardless of the politics behind the attack, and irregardless of who won the war, countless lives were changed that day.
In total, 2,335 people died including 2,008 Navy personnel, 109 Marines, 218 army men, and 68 civilians.
When the Arizona was hit, 1,177 young men lost their lives.
War is so ugly that no one wins. Eventually, with hearts full of revenge, the United States defeated the Japanese by using weapons that are too horrible to be true.
World War II was the end of an age of innocense and the beginning of a world always on the brink of total anihilation.
Seventy-seven years later the world is still reeling from the affects of a war where it is estimated that between 70-85 million perished, military and civilians alike.
That staggering number includes Holocaust victims, crimes against humanity, bombings, war-related disease and famine, amounting to the tragedy of 19-30 million civilians died.
The number of people who died made up 3% of the world’s population at that time.
As the U.S. grieves today over the deaths of so many young and promising young men, let us join together to also say never again.
I offer you my hopes and prayers that humanity will stop the madness and finally understand that if one of us dies in war, we all do. For every person is precious adding beauty to the voice of mankind.
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
~ Robert F. Kennedy
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