Differences from then to now
Seventy-one years ago today, America went through, what was then considered, the worst tragedy in history.
The surprise movements of a Japanese fleet caught Americans off-guard and aircraft flew in from the mountains of Hawaii and attacked the Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor.
Those actions spurred America to fight in one of the deadliest wars in history that encompassed the far-reaches of the globe.
Americans fought from the Philippines to France and countless places in-between.
Today, the threat of a major naval fleet invading our borders is not as prominent other methods of attack.
Today, the ability for one person to cause as much destruction and chaos is more possible.
The age of warfare has changed over the course of the last seven decades, and the need for Americans to be united is even more necessary.
We have become a more polarized nation. A nation of partisanship, uncivil discourse and a society more engaged in reality television than national and international events.
We seem closed off to debate and differences of opinion.
We focus more on ourselves than on our community and how to make it a better place to live.
Our children are more engaged in cell phones and gaming consoles than on current events and educating themselves for the future.
We have become less and less galvanized as a society and more apt to argue over the petty and seemingly less important.
There has been a lot that has changed in the last seven decades since Dec. 7, 1941, but the more we forget about our history, the more we are bound to repeat it.
We would be remiss if we did not extend a thank you to those veterans of World War II and other conflicts.
They have sacrificed more than we will ever know or understand to provide us the ability to life in a free society that allows for freedom of opinion and freedom of expression.
But, we have to come back together as a society and as a community.
We have to refocus on what is important ... our children, family, community.
That is the best way we have to re-assert ourselves and show that the sacrifices made on Dec. 7, 1941 and beyond were not done in vain.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark