Today is sixty-nine years since the surprise attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. I sat with a friend this evening - he's 86 years old - and he shared his very clear recollections of that day. He was sitting in his family room on the East side of Bridgeport, Connecticut, listening to the family radio (an old wooden Philco radio that he also described in detail). He heard the announcer share the news and said his first reaction was, "What's a Pearl Harbor?"
Today, the words Pearl Harbor immediately call to mind the shocking events of that Sunday morning years earlier. That beautiful and peaceful place will forever be remembered by the events that shaped American history 69 years ago today.