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Lest We Forget: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941


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We Remember Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941

Vintage World War II Poster

Much of the world has changed since the end of World War II. Hawaii has become the 50th state and people of Japanese descent and those of mainland roots, Chinese roots, Filipino roots, and Hawaiian roots reside together in peace in these islands.

Ironically, the economic vitality of Hawaii today depends largely on tourism not only from the United States mainland but also from Japan.

Yet, on this day each year, we pause to remember those who died on that morning 65 years ago. We remember not so as to bring back memories of a time when the world went mad. We remember not so as to condemn those who attacked us. We remember lest we forget those who died and lest we forget that we must never allow it to happen again.

In the event that you missed it we invite you to read A Brief History of Pearl Harbor Prior to World War II in which we examined the history of the area also known as "Wai Momi", meaning "Water of Pearl" or "Pu`uloa", from its ancient days until just before the outbreak of World War II. We also examined the effects of the development of the area by the U.S. military on the culture of Hawaii.

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