remembering, 70 years later

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I take a moment today, as I do each year, to pause in remembrance of the 2400 lives lost that Sunday morning so long ago. According to CNN, 120 survivors are registered to attend the commemoration in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

About 120 Pearl Harbor survivors were registered to attend Wednesday’s ceremony.

The gradual loss of the World War II generation has accelerated, and this year, perhaps more than any before it, evidence of a tide change is inescapable.

The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, founded in 1958, is dissolving December 31. The passing of time, the difficulty in finding chapter officers and the health of its 2,700 members have taken their toll.

Read more on National Geographic’s website, with a multimedia map and timeline. (It doesn’t seem the Memory Book is there anymore.)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt giving his famous Pearl Harbor Address – “a date that will live in infamy”

Read past posts:
December 7, 2006: The Passing of a Generation
December 7, 2007: Remember Pearl Harbor
December 7, 2008: I Will Remember
December 7, 2009: Remember Pearl Harbor
December 7, 2010: In Remembrance

I miss Christmas music

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I realized today that the past few years, I haven’t been involved in any sort of Christmas production – cantata, play, pageant, etc. That was something I grew up doing, and I miss it! Every year around Christmas I realize how much I miss singing, but I have no idea how to find these kinds of places, especially for someone who just likes choral singing and isn’t trained or a strong singer. Also, generally Christmas productions start early – September or so – and I never think of it until December. Maybe next year?

Anyway, I am trying to get my “fix” on Christmas music by enjoying YouTube videos. I love Handel’s Messiah, and I especially enjoy the Hallelujah Chorus (I know, that’s cliche, but it’s true!). So enjoy these two “flash mobs” from last year…