Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Remember Pearl Harbor

As someone who lived in Hawaii for four years, I visited the Arizona Memorial and the other Pearl Harbor monuments many times. It never got old and it was always emotional and sobering.
As I was driving through town today I happened to drive by Historical Washington Square and saw this.
These gentlemen were gathered to pay tribute to the fallen at Pearl Harbor at exactly 12:00 noon Eastern Standard time, which would've been 7:00 AM Hawaii time. The time of the attack that fateful Sunday morning. It was complete with a rifle salute and the playing of TAPS. It was moving.

The beautiful brick building on the left is The Colony House. It was one of the oldest houses in the country and is where some of our country's forefathers stood on the balcony and declared Rhode Island's independence  four months before the colonies collectively declared independence. There's a little history for you.

Here they are marching off after their tribute.

This was beautiful. What was amazing, is that there no one was there. I was the only person standing in the square watching. I don't know if it wasn't publicized well or what. Like I said, I just happened to be driving by and parked quickly.

Never forget the lives that were lost that day or the lives lost in the resulting war.


Momma Lew said...

Since Andy just got back from Pearl Harbor, we've both had an interest in watching a lot of the programs on TV about the day. Unfortunately, when I was there last year I didn't get to visit the Arizona. It's crazy how almost 70 years later the day is still so deep...I am sure 9/11 will be the same.

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

I'm so glad you were there and took pictures!! I'll admit, I forgot. Thank you for the reminder - an important date indeed.

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing. This would be so cool to see in person. What an amazing tribute.