To all the military men and women who have sacrificed so much for us, I offer up a small tribute to those who were killed at Pearl Harbor onboard the USS Arizona.
I knew that the Arizona had suffered a lot of casualties on December 7th, 1941, but I didn’t realize that of the 2,400 servicemen and civilians killed that fateful day, 1,177 of them were the officers and crew of the Arizona. I also didn’t realize that there were 38 sets of brothers who served onboard this battleship, including 3 sets of 3 brothers and a set of twins. Of the 79 brothers, 63 died during the attack.
Also onboard the Arizona that day was a father and son team: Thomas Free, Machinist Mate 1st Class from Texas, and his son William, Seaman 2nd Class. Both killed in action.
Hopefully, between the barbecues, the baseball games, and the sun and sand, us oh so privileged Americans will remember the contributions and the sacrifices of our servicemen and women.
A happy and safe Memorial Weekend to all.