Pausing to remember the 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in 2016. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

Today is an important day in history, the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is one of the seminal moments in American and world history.

It is easy, at times, to study history and forget that the words on the page happened. Visiting Pearl Harbor — and especially the USS Arizona Memorial — is a powerful experience and a reminder of the sacrifice many made on that fateful day.

It seems so long ago. Yet, in the context of history, it might as well have happened yesterday.

The story and lessons of Pearl Harbor remain relevant today. If you find yourself basking in the Hawaiian sun, take a moment from the beach and pay your respects to those perished nearly eight decades ago today, a “date which will live in infamy.”

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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is the owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.