Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Brody's Notes... Honouring Those Who Served In Silence, Lost 69 Years Ago Today

Retired U. S. Navy Captain Mike Rankin hangs a flag at Congressional Cemetery to help direct people to a service put on by the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance. 
Photo By Katherine Frey-The Washington Post
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) DEC 7 | Americans all over the United States today marked the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U. S. military installations in the Hawaiian Islands, principally the island of Oahu, at 7:55AM on the morning of Sunday, December 7th, 1941.
Gathering today in Honolulu at Pearl Harbor, scene of the majority of the devastating air strikes against the U. S. Pacific Fleet, a small group of survivors attended ceremonies at memorial services held on Ford Island. There was also a programme at the newly remodeled and enlarged National Park Service Visitor's Centre along with the annual wreath laying ceremony on-board the U.S.S. Arizona memorial honouring the1,177 out of the ship's 1,400-member crew who were lost within minutes that Sunday morning, when the Arizona exploded in flames, smoke and pandemonium, as the battleship crumpled and sank at its berth taking to them to their deaths.
What will never be known were the number of Gay & Lesbian airman, soldiers, sailors, & nurses serving who were lost in the attack.