There was never a good war, or a bad peace. — Benjamin Franklin
I want to make it clear, however, that although I am deeply opposed to war, I am not advocating appeasement. It is often necessary to take a strong stand to counter unjust aggression. — His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Looking towards USS Missouri from USS Arizona Memorial.
Mooring bitts still visible.
USS Arizona Gun Turret Number 3.
Cheri Lucas Rowlands challenges us to capture a black and white images with a mysterious, otherworldly vibe — the viewer wonders what lurks in the shadows. Something eerie has a story to tell — one you aren’t quite sure you want to know.
Every time I visit Pearl Harbor I get that vibe and I think black and white definitely captures it.
This month Kozo is challenging us to love our enemy for the monthly peace challenge. This post is not my response to this, but I do think the wreath in the photo below clearly shows love and respect for a former enemy.
Wreath from a former enemy.
Yesterday at 12:01 HST, 5:01 EST the world lost a man of honor and integrity. Senator Daniel Inouye was more than just a senator from Hawaii. He was third in line to the United States presidency. He was a true national hero not just because he lost his arm fighting for our country after Pearl Harbor, during a time when America did not trust anyone of Japanese ancestry. He lived aloha and he taught the world the meaning of the term. He was my hero because he championed civil rights for all.
He recently cosponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act, S. 555. He sent me a letter when I wrote to him through an on-line petition about the bill back in May noting, “our nation’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths and requires protection from the law.”
He understood the need for disability rights too although I doubt that he ever saw himself as disabled.
Mahalo Senator for all you did to help make the world a better place.
The United States celebrates Memorial Day this weekend. I am grateful to all of the men and women who serve and who have served our country throughout history and to their families. Today I am sharing pictures from Pearl Harbor since aside from terrorist acts this was the last time war actually touched U.S. soil.
Please click on the pictures to get a clearer view. The second picture is looking down on what is left of the deck. Oil still slowly leaks from the ship so the view is not clear. Fish now make the ship their home.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the United States officially into WWII. It directly affected my father as he was already in the army stationed in Panama at the time. He then fought in the Philippines during the war. Post-war he remained in the reserves, but he transferred to the air force and was a paratrooper during the Korean War.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor also profoundly affected my husband’s family. My father-in-law, a sixth grader at the time, thought the military was doing training maneuvers when he heard the planes so he and his sisters went to the roof of their store to watch. The smoke coming from Pearl Harbor told the true story. Even then he did not realize how much it would change his life.
It would eventually lead to his being sent away to a military high school. He would stay on the mainland for college and then join the army. Eventually, he did return to Hawaii to help run the family store, but he missed growing up as a care-free island boy.
Today I am especially grateful to those who made the supreme sacrifice to protect our freedom and to the families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones through their service to others.