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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Monday, August 6, 2012

This Day in History

Aug 6, 1945:

American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

BUT this is where it all begun. . .

Awakening the Sleeping Giant: WWII

In hopes of crippling the United States Pacific Fleet, the
Combined Japanese Fleet received orders to attack Pearl

Harbor, Hawaii, and surrounding military targets. We
never saw it coming nor did they in America’s retaliation.

The element of surprise

Was the enemy’s plan
While watches were changing
Destiny played its hand

How could this be possible?

We were center stage
Our ships were mighty forceful
Our men—strong and brave

But there was no warning…

An infamous airborne assault

Secretly designed to destroy on sight
Left a peaceful but great nation
Awakened amid a horrible plight

Ships sank in their moorings

Capsized or were beached
Hundreds helped to save lives
Thousands were never reached

But there was no warning…
—Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1941

Incredibly four years later

A decision was made
Retaliation was certain
Time to lift our facade

We called for surrender

Hoping peace could be made
Threat of destruction
Was the first hand played

Ignoring the ultimatum

Commanded air raid
Two acute nuclear bombings
Lifted our façade

We gave no warning…

—Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, 1945

Hundreds of thousands succumbed

Leaving a country in pain
Six days after the bombing
Surrender finally came

If they had only heeded our warning…

“Fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant
and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
—Japanese Admiral Isoroku