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Posted on 12/06/2002 11:52:00 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Public Law 103-308
Whereas, on December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked units of the armed forces of the United States stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii;
Whereas, more than 2,000 citizens of the United States were killed and more than 1,000 citizens of the United States were wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor;
Whereas, the attack on Pearl Harbor marked the entry of the United States into World War II;
Whereas, the veterans of World War II and all other people of the United States commemorate December 7 in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor; and
Whereas, commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor will instill in all people of the United States a greater understanding and appreciation of the selfless sacrifice of the individuals who served in the armed forces of the United States during World War II: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That December 7 of each year is designated as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day" and the President is authorized and requested--
(1) to issue annually a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and
(2) to urge all Federal agencies, and interested organizations, groups, and individuals, to fly the flag of United States at halfstaff each December 7 in honor of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
Listen to President Roosevelt's speech to Congress, Dec. 8, 1941.
A KC-10 aircraft sits on the flightline at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Aerial Refueling of coalition aircraft supporting Operation Enduring Freedom is a major part of the mission at Al Udeid. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jack Braden
Overhead view of Camp Andy, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Tent cities are the norm for military personel deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jack Braden
U.S. Security Forces at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar use all terrain vehicles to check for anything suspicious around the perimeter of the base. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jack Braden
Members of the U.S. Air Force's 819/821 Red Horse Squadron start their day early to beat the intense heat of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. From Africa to Afghanistan, Al Udeid is the Red Horse hub for all Southwest Asia construction projects supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jack Braden
Senior Airmen Anthony McLellan and Michael Smith, crew chiefs with the U.S. Air Force's 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, disconnect a fuel hose from the wing of a KC-10 aircraft at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The KC-10s are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jack Braden
U.S. Air ForceTech. Sgt. Clark Healey, assistant team chief with the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, inspects fibre optic network connections at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Jack Braden
Leisure time is a valuable commodity for U.S. troops deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Basketball games are common in the evenings after the intense temperatures subside. U.S. Air Force Services Squadron provides many of the same opportunities that service members have at their home stations. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jack Braden
Our Beloved Heavenly Father,
We have paused and come together from all over this nation and world to remember the darkness of the time this nation's soil was attacked by those who had designs on power and conquest. Our President then, Franklin Roosevelt, stated at the time that that day would live in infamy. It has indeed, for while it is certainly remembered by those who were alive at the time, there are now at least 2 more generations who have learned to remember it.
Father, we are grateful that we had fine young men who were on duty that day, but we still mourn the loss of them. Father, we continue to commend them into your keeping.
We are grateful for the fine young men and women who serve on duty this day. We ask that you will protect them and guard them in their duties, whereever they take them.
Our Father, we ask you to help us remember this day, not in a sense of vengefulnes, for you have stated in your Word, "dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." But rather, help us to remember out of a sense of gratitude that we as a nation and people were determined to value our way of life enough to put it ALL on the line.
War was a terrible time, and there was a terrible cost of lives and lost peace of those who were there. It was a cost these precious ones have stated was worth paying, and we today affirm that. There have been stories of healing between soldiers of America and Japan. For these we are grateful. We are grateful that America and Americans, in addition to fighting for what we believe in are able often to forgive.
We ask for help in remembering this past time of assault because freedom is always under assault, and must be defended. We have as a nation suffered another grievous assault, and we are at war once more. It is a different kind of war, and it is not only this nation which has been targeted, but this entire civilization which has been thousands of years developing. Father, grant this nation and her leaders and her people, and all of her allies the Vision and determination to win this war. Help us to have the fierceness we must have as warriors and protectors of freedom, both as soldiers and those who serve at home. We ask for your blessing, and we ask for your guidance. We ask for your very Presence. Then, after the war is won, perhaps you may grant us the time and space for healing and forgiveness once more. Until then, WE REMEMBER. WE REMEMBER IT ALL.
Father, let all this be done only according to your will.
You may enjoy reading this story... following is a copy of the story about a Viet Nam vet and Ann Margaret as told by the vet's wife.
Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper.
However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black &white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margaret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.
A few years ago, Ann Margaret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing.
When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore, employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.
Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI's so far from home.
Ann Margaret came out looking as beautiful as ever and as 2nd in line, it was soon Richard's turn. He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just wanted her to see it."
She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for "my gentlemen". With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them. There weren't too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he was the only one there.
Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he'd like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke down in tears. "That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army", he said.
That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet.
I'll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband. I now make it a point to say Thank You to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces.
Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.
If you'd like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the contribution our service people make.
With global circulation... this may even reach Jane Fonda.
I'll be back later to checkout the thread. Love y'all!!
Christmas cake recipe
>1 cup of water
> 1 cup of sugar
> 1tsp salt
> 1 cup brown sugar
> lemon juice
> 4 large eggs
> lots of nuts
> 1 bottle vodka
> 2 cups dried fruit
> Sample the vodka to check quality.
>Take a large bowl, check the vodka again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.
>Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
>Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure the vodka is shtill OK.
>Try another cup....just in case. Turn off the mixerer.
>Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
>Pick fruit off floor.
>Mix on the turner. If the dried fruit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a sdrewscriver.
>Sample the vodka for tonsisticity.
>Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who gives a ****.
>Check the vodka.
>Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
>Add one table.
>Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
>Greash the oven and piss in the fridge.
>Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
>Don't forget to beat off the turner.
>Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the vodka and kick the cat.
>Fall into bed.
Have A Merry Christmas!
Only the best!
Please drink sensibly, A cup at a time seems like a lot!.
Roast beef w/
roasted winter veges
Mocha layer cake
Ted's other home is at the current Ted Maher thread.
My mom explained that everyone went down and signed up after Pearl Harbor.
My dad served on the USS Saratoga (CV-3).
Now we will rely on Japan as an ally against China, even as we move closer to taking out the trash in Iraq.
Gen. Xiong Guangkai is having a conniption fit that he must speak with Condoleezza Rice.
He said we would not defend Taiwan, that China would incinerate L.A. in his words.
You aren't dealing with unarmed students in Tiananmen.
My great-to-the-fifth grandfather served with Morgan at Ft. Pitt from 1774 on.
The American fighting force is the finest in the world because it's made in America, of Americans.
God bless you, the hope of the world for freedom.
Good hunting and God speed; get some and get home safe to your hearth.
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