It's been 70 years

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

Prior to Sept. 11, 2001, it was the worst sneak attack against the U.S. in history. It was 70 years ago next Wednesday that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, providing the impetus for the entrance of the United States into World War II.
The war didn’t end until nearly four years later when  atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing Japan to its knees while the U.S. was also winning in Europe.
Pearl Harbor is gradually fading into history. The  youngest people who were in the military then are about 88 years old today, meaning that there are fewer and fewer people left who remember that fateful “date in infamy.”
Most of us are now conditioned to remember Sept. 11, because it occurred in the lifetime of many of us. But to those who still are alive who were in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, it probably doesn’t fade from their memories at all.
So if you know any of these people, let them know you care on this 70th anniversary.
Ironically, on today’s front page you’ll find a “Peace Pole” dedication from a local church. The project was started by someone from Japan. They obviously haven’t forgotten how that war ended. We have to make sure we remember how it began.