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December 7th, 2013

Posted on Sat Dec 7th, 2013 @ 11:42pm by Lieutenant Colonel Wolfric Bannister

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of lives were lost that day when United States vessels, bases and airstrips were destroyed or damaged in a sneak attack by the Japanese Empire on the Hawai'ian territory and Aleutian Islands on December 7, 1942.

We are very friendly with Japan these days and this is not meant to disrespect those who represent, live in or are ex patriots these days. This is meant to represent those who died or survived the actions done that day. It was a desperate act of war done by a government that has not existed for a generation or two. Perhaps 3 at this point.

However it was the equal to the 9/11 attacks in 2001 back then. They had their reasons, but it was an act that is still seen as cowardly by most in the Western World. Little recognizable warning and poor intel on our part.

Regardless, many lives were lost in a covert attack rather than trying to farther negotiate terms or a formal declaration of war. I post this in memory of those lost in an action that held little honor and was a surprise attack rather than a true / open act of war.

Today I offer a salute as a former sailor and a long time service member of the Federation. I harbor no regrets to the Japanese friends we have in BravoFleet nor the Japanese friends I have had in my day.

However, I request a moment of silence to those lost this day in 1941. Sailors, soldiers, airmen and civilians. Japanese, American and others.

*Comes to attention* Attention on deck!

 

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