This is the first anniversary day where no survivors of Pearl Harbor were in attendance at the memorial service. An era in our country is nearly past history. We should never forget what happened on that day, and never allow ourselves to be that vulnerable again.
Was fortunate to attend a couple of WWII veterans re-unions over the years to help escort my father-in-law, who served in the Pacific, and his wife. That last one was tough - only 3 guys well enough to make the trip, out of 3 battalions. They had to cancel the next one because nobody could make it anymore. That was about 10 years ago. The end of a generation for me.
Lost an uncle in 2017 who served in the Pacific.
He fought in campaigns at Guadal Canal, Tarawa, and the Marianas.
He got sent home with bad Malaria just before Iwo Jima, otherwise he would have been there too.
Guy was tough as nails.
I have been lucky during my lifetime. When I was a young kid, I was fortunate in having been able to meet a veteran of the Civil War. An old man, who had actually been a bugler for the North, and eventually carried a rifle. My Step-Grandfather was a member of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. I was in awe of him. His sword, which my brother has, was given to him by Teddy himself. It's an honored family heirloom.