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Remember Pearl Harbor

President Franklin D. Roosevelt described December 7, 1941 as “a day that will live in infamy.” That was the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. We were in the kitchen/dining room of our four room house when I first recall the words “Pearl Harbor.” I was sitting at the table when my father said that he had heard on the radio about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

I have been in Hawaii several times, but visited the memorial on Pearl Harbor once. This is a photo I made of the USS Arizona Memorial in 1982. The structure straddles the ship that serves as the tomb of 1,177 Americans. The total killed exceeded 2,400.

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. 1982 Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. 1982 Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

One of my friends in college was from Hawaii. He and his brother watched the attack on Pearl Harbor from near their home. I’ve heard him tell the story several times. He said they thought the maneuvers were especially good that day. It was only when they arrived home that they found their mother crying, fearful that the older boys would have to go to war.

It is appropriate that we “Remember Pearl Harbor” today. If you go to Hawaii, please visit Pearl Harbor and leave with the determination to pursue peace.

Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14 ESV’ cf. 1 Peter 3:11)

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (Romans 14:19 ESV)

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14 ESV)

January 3rd in (my) History

I am sure that many significant things have happened on January 3rd, but the one most important to me was my birth on this day. One day I was looking for some photos of the old cotton mills from Huntsville, Alabama, and ran across a site that also had a vintage post card of the City Hospital. This is the way I remember the hospital when I was a kid.

Huntsville, AL, city hospital on an old postcard.

My parents lived in the New Hope area when I was born. About three years later we moved to Harvest, a rural community with a population of about 200. I attended a four-room school for the first 8 years of schooling. There were 2 grades in each room with one teacher. When I was about 10 years of age I was back in the hospital overnight to have a tonsillectomy.

Little could I have imagined in those formative years that I would be able to travel around the world (1995), and to many diverse and exotic places. I don’t even remember when I first learned about China or Egypt or Russia. There was no State of Israel back then, only a Zionist dream. My first remembrance of hearing about Japan was on December 7, 1941, the day of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor.

I wish my Mother, now 94, could still remember this day in our history.