There is a time in history that will spawn a new era, and such a time began on a Sunday morning December 7, 1941, when hundreds of Japanese fighter planes surprise-attacked our naval base at Pearl Harbor killing more than 2,400 people in a time span of less than 2 hours. Four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war against the United States.
American men from all walks of life felt an obligation to support the defense of the country, and they were enlisting in all branches of our armed forces and total recruitment amounted to 16 million men.
Women by the hundreds worked in factories building hundreds-and-hundreds of trucks, ships, planes and tanks while the men entered the armed services.
World War II was enormous in scope, because our country was involved in two major Theater of Operations, the European Theater of Operations and the Pacific Theater of Operations, resulting in more than 400,000 people killed in active military service.
This is why on Memorial Day we take this day that has been set aside to pay tribute to those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces, not only of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War eras, but of all American Wars, including to those who died in service to our country in the Gulf/Iraq War, the Afghanistan War and the War on Terrorism.
Memorial Day being a special day of remembrance embodies that sentiment.
—James Christodolou, Rome, veteran, Korean Conflict