PEARL HARBOR DAY 1999

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    (5/29/01 7:25:34 am)
    Reply PEARL HARBOR DAY 1999
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    FROM A DISTANCE--.
    John Wilborn
    kdialup109.phnx.uswest.net
    Sat Dec 9 04:27:13


    Thursday morning--Phoenix, Arizona--kids on the
    street
    where I live, waiting for the school bus to
    come pick
    them up for school. This neighborhood is about
    twenty
    years old--the last generation of kids
    including my
    grandsons have grown and moved on--a new
    generation of
    children now--life goes on. I went out and
    placed the
    flag in the hanger on my house--there was no
    breeze--it
    just hung open, unmoving. One of the
    children--there were
    about seven boys and girls--a boy called out
    and asked
    what today was--what the flag was for. They
    were all
    right at the end of my drive--so I walked over
    to them.
    "Today is Pearl Harbor Day", I explained
    "it's a day for older folks like us to remember

    because it was the start of a horrible war for
    our
    country--don't you know about it from your
    school"?
    There seemed to be a simultanous shaking of
    heads--one
    girl piped up that her Dad and Mom had gone to
    Pearl
    Harbor for their second honeymoon--one boy
    turned and
    scornfully remarked WHO CARES CINDY, and turned
    back to
    me as if questing for more information. I had
    plenty of
    time--hey, I had a captive audience. I went on
    to explain
    that the Japanese attacked the U.S. Navy
    Pacific Fleet on
    this date in 1941 at Pearl Harbor--the USS
    Arizona had
    been sunk with the heavy loss of life--that
    here in
    Arizona that date meant more maybe than other
    places--and
    that I had only been eight years old but how
    well I
    remembered it for many of the older boys from
    my Iowa
    school went into the service before
    Christmas--many never
    to return--killed in the service of their
    country--so
    very respectfully they listened--eyes like
    dinner
    plates--mouths agape--I suggested they tune
    into
    televisions HISTORY CHANNEL if it wasn't
    tought about
    those events in their schools. "What happened",

    one the boys asked and I explained that many
    thought it
    was a war for the survival of our country
    --that we were
    also fighting Germany and Italay--that really
    garnered
    attention. "It was the World War #2--millions
    perished--millions more effected somehow by
    it's
    evil"-----. The yellow school bus appeared
    with the
    warning lights flashing--the children didn't
    seem to rush
    off--in fact it seemed as if they were
    undecided to leave
    or not--as if they wanted me to tell them
    more--the bus
    waited in the middle of the street--several
    cars waited
    in back--a couple in the front--waited for the
    kids to
    board the bus. Finally they turned and headed
    toward the
    bus--I called out to them to look in on the
    HISTORY
    CHANNEL-- to look for those titled VICTORY AT
    SEA--"they've always been my favorites", I told

    them. Is it true that the schools are curtaied
    from
    teaching about WW II--how can that be--I still
    recall
    being tought about the Battle of Hastings in
    1066--between the French and the English---a
    continent
    away--can there be such a thing as sorting out
    priorities?
    Wilborn sends.








    Edited by: high2fly at: 5/29/02 6:55:52 am
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    And we wonder why the current administration was voted into office and is still there. Look at our educational system.

    YOUNG PEOPLE CAN'T LEARN FROM HISTORY ANY MORE BECAUSE HISTORY IS NO LONGER TAUGHT AS A REQUIRED SUBJECT IN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS.

    Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk was the navigator on the "Enola Gay" when it dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and is the last surviving member of the crew. This really happened last week. Dutch was asked to speak at a grammar school this past week. The young teacher introduced him by saying the speaker was a veteran of World War Eleven (as in WWII). Dutch stood up and walked out of the school without saying a word. End of story.
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    I don't blame him. If the teacher is that stupid, I feel sorry for her students, past, present, and future.

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