The Gift of Memory

Of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. In all there were 2400 people killed on the day, President Roosevelt said, “would live in infamy.” I have never been to Pearl Harbor but I can relate to that terrible event through the stories that I have seen and heard on television and from family members and friends. My father remembered it because he was that a professional football game in New York City when the announcement was made. My uncle was getting ready to ship out to the South Pacific at the time. These two men had very special memories. One of the most amazing capacities of the human race is the capacity to remember – and to reflect. We must not simply sensationalize dastardly deeds – we must remember them for what they are and then remember that the human race also has great capacity for good.