Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Remembering Pearl Harbor...
"Day of Infamy"
December 7, 1941-December 7, 2016
In the USA, today is Pearl Harbor Day. On this date in 1941, the Japanese Empire attacked the U. S. Pacific Ocean fleet while it was moored inside Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This event marked the end of U. S. neutrality during World War II. The following day, then-U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the joint houses of the Congress, calling the attack "dastardly," and asked for a resolution stating that a state of war now existed between the USA and Japan. Thus, this country entered into World War II alongside the British Empire against the combined forces of Japan, Italy and Germany.
The unprovoked attack on the American fleet caused more than 1,800 deaths to American sailors, airmen and civilians. All eight battleships of the Pacific fleet were damaged. Most were repaired and returned to service, Two were sunk and never recovered, the most famous one being the USS Arizona, with the wreckage serving as a lasting memorial to all those who died aboard her.
The image above (above) shows the USS Arizona Memorial as it appears today. The memorial is located above the sunken remains of the battleship. The wreckage serves as the graves of those killed on December 7, 1941.
The image (below) shows sailors standing at attention saluting the Arizona Memorial in the background.
I have often wondered about the same gender loving servicemen who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack. How it felt to be in the midst of a battle defending a country that criminalized your expressing love for the man you truly loved and knowing you were about to die for the same country.
What were their final thoughts before their death?
Eternal rest for all those killed in the attacks of December 7, 1941.
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
Bare With Pride