Pearl Harbor, 79 Years Later…

79 years later, the United States still mourns with a prolonged moment of silence in life and American history.

By Ethan McGinty, Staff Writer

The day is December 7, 1941; imagine you are a member of the navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Just before 8 am, Japanese bombers flew over the harbor dropping hundreds of bombs. The damage on the harbor was cataclysmic, one of the most terrifying moments of American history. This attack came completely by surprise. The attack led to one of the most pivotal moments in history; leading the United States to join in World War II and eventually led to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings as retaliation for Japan bombing the United States.

Seventy-nine years later, the U.S. still mourns the loss of the 2,400+ killed in the terrible attack on our soil. The U.S. declared war against Japan and joined in on the second World War against The Axis whilst we were the Allies. The history is among many other American tragedies that have shaped us into who we are as a nation today. The idea of several American tragedies happening over the course of of only 87 years seems crazy, but it is something that has become true, not only did World War II happen in the mid 1900’s but World War I was also a part of the early 1900’s.

The bombing has led to many traumatic experiences for the American people and led to PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), which in severe cases can lead people to do unthinkable things. So Pearl Harbor much like the other cataclysmic day 9/11 has led a great superior nation to resent in silence and think about the day of remembrance set in place. Pearl Harbor will go on to live in many minds as a day of silence, the calm before the storm if you will. Pearl Harbor and the soldiers lost on December 7, 1941, will forever be remembered and some people will add 9/11 as another day of remembrance, saying “Never Forget”.