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I wish to take the time to remember the service members caught off guard and killed, wounded, a traumatized on this day in 1941.

Never forgotten....
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I wish to take the time to remember the service members caught off guard and killed, wounded, a traumatized on this day in 1941.

Never forgotten....
Thanks for remembering them, I lost two uncles and was fortunate that my fathers ship cleared the harbor. I'm just thankful that my mother,sister and I made it through the attack. This country lost a lot of good men and women that day.

My prayers go out For all those in the service of our great Country.

I will never forget December 7th 1941 or those who were there.

God Bless!


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Thank you!!!

And this is Worth Repeating...

God Bless America - The Story
Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.


Here are the facts...

The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA". But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings". Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring . She had hope for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.

When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.

She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America . Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now."

At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... and for many generations ofAmericans to follow.

Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America ....." So here's the entire song as originally sung..... Let us pray HE still does, and it's still not too late.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/TnQDW-NMaRs?rel=0
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thank you Curt .
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That day was truly destined to be a Day of Infamy. It also was a time when the United States lost its "innocence", for better or worse.

Yesterday at church, our Priest voiced a special prayer during communion thanking God for what all those members of the greatest generation did for us. A few months after December 7, my Papa was at Pearl Harbor as he prepared to spend the rest of the War in the Pacific.

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What he, and several others in my family did affected me for the better. They are my hero's.

Thank you Papa for what you did for me and many, many others. I truly believe I am a better person today because of his sacrifice.
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For those of us that volunteered for the military, it makes you think of why you did. Even if it was many years ago.
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Remarkable and touching to see and to remember the importance or those days for all of us. Not that long ago in years but oh how things have changed. SOME THINGS others not so much.

Thank you to all the heros of yesterday and today.
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Sad but true, just a year ago a young adult (University Senior) on December 7th (commonly referred to by us Old Fogies as "Pearl Harbor Day") asked me:

"Mr. Rountree, what is 'Pearl Harbor Day'?
When I told her, the statement was:

"Do you mean we had a war with the Japanese!"

Are we not teaching young people about these things anymore?
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I belong to an aviation history study group, about 100 guys, average age around 75. We still have three guys who flew bombers in WW2. Their squadron had a 50% fatality rate.

Amazing men.
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Thank you Curt for the posting on God Bless America. It is truly worth repeating.
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