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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7th, 1941

If you ask most college students today what happened on December 7, 1941, I have a feeling they wouldn't know what you were talking about. Despite FDR's proclamation of it being "A date that will live on in infamy," most people don't think about it, despite its lasting significance.

It's been 70 years to the day since the United States was brought into World War Two, where 405,399 Americans died, 2402 of them at Pearl Harbor. Those who escaped with their lives often didn't escape intact, with over 670,800 wounded service members.

It's easy to forget how awful this war was. The numbers become just numbers, not reflective of people. It was 70 years ago, and the youngest of those who fought are now among the oldest people in society. It's not something that most people have to face or deal with.

This isn't ancient history. Remember what today 70 years ago did. Take some time to think about it, and thank a service member. They are what prevent this from happening again.

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