Jewish World Review Dec. 7, 2011 / 11 Kislev, 5772
70 years ago today
By Paul Greenberg
There was a time when there was no need to explain what happened on
It was one of those dates every American knew, and it opened a well of hurt and rage, pride and determination, and a hundred other memories and emotions. Nothing else needed to be said.
That was enough.
It was one of those dates. Much like
A date which would live in infamy.
The message: Remember
That was enough.
For in that same address to
And it would.
Or so it seemed then. The wounds were still fresh, the sacrifice and heroism and doubts and fears and utter determination only beginning.
Nothing would ever be the same.
Always would our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.
Now we may have to be reminded. The years flow past, generation succeeds generation, memories fade. Now the flag, bright and shiny and untouched, perhaps even unnoticed, flaps in the wind. As though it had never been under attack.
Today memory is renewed. There are anniversary stories in the paper, just as there are monuments and museums dedicated to keeping the remembrance of it all fresh .
But in the end no news article, no book, no television special, no museum, not even the rows of gravestones decorated with little American flags every
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