One thing that this country needs and needs badly is an all-out understanding that in unity is strength, and that in the face of peril, America must stand as one man with the government for its defense.
The United States and Japan became allies after World War II. It was my prize possession. "Some had tanks on (them), some had airplanes on", Harris said, adding that everyday items such as nylons, coffee and sugar were also rationed.
But the memory persisted, popping back up like clockwork every Dec. 7 until, aided by today's technology, I finally decided to put the rumor to rest. "I remember, we had to get coffee or gasoline".
Shortly thereafter, the bombing of Pearl Harbor began. The idea of billing in advance is of course very nifty, but let's shake off some of the dust. "We shot down I forget how many planes".
A surprise Japanese aerial attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii dealt a major blow the Pacific Fleet, killing 2,403 U.S. personnel and damaging 19 warships.
Today we remember one of those markers. No one ever ran this by me - though I have supported the area for the last 35 years.
Earlier Thursday, Melania Trump's husband took some ribbing on Twitter, too, for getting FDR's famous quote about the day slightly wrong. That was the lady who looked after all the young boys at the school.
"Japan's regime did not collapse, they attacked", said Dibble, who points out that a current-day example would be escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. "After the attack, Americans 'got together, '" he went on.
"It's hard to say, what you're thinking", he said. "They were talking about what a horrible time it was". Added to this were 68 civilians. "I always thought that was pretty neat looking - pretty sharp". In attendance will be Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans, family members and dignitaries. We used to play in a wooded area across the street from my house.
Some will say that the lesson is to put our own interests first.
"I wanted to go home".
Through the smoke, there was hope.
"December 7, 1941 - a date", President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously proclaimed, "which will live in infamy".
In the weeks after, Shearer's math teacher was called to serve.
The two men were joined by Joe Ann Taylor. He couldn't help but become emotional. "I can't think of it right now", Chavez said. "That's in God's hands".
"We also had to pick (milkweed) for lifejackets. A couple of the fellas even volunteered when they were 17", he said.
Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner were accompanied by their families and friends as they boarded four Blue Hawaiian helicopters at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Wednesday afternoon.