DECEMBER 7, 2012
PEARL HARBOR DAY
NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM COMMEMORATION
I walked into the Museum and went directly to the Atrium for the ceremonies. The Tate High School Band was playing beautiful patriotic music as I found my seat. The Color Guard Advanced the Colors for The Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance. I felt tears gently rolling down my cheeks.
The Master of Ceremonies gave a brief overview of the war years, and the Tate High School Jazz Ensemble sang “Take The A Train,” “White Christmas,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “Sentimental Journey,” each representing a year between 1942 and 1945.
Seven survivors of the attack at Pearl Harbor were in attendance. They are: James Landis, Frank Emond, George Mills, William Braddock, Myron Jay Carraway, Cass Phillips, and Jacob Gallawa. After their introductions, the guest speaker, Dr. Sid Phillips was introduced.
Dr. Phillips spoke of sitting at a drug store counter on 12/7/41 when a woman came running in screaming, “turn on the radio, turn on the radio!” They turned on the radio and sat in shocked horror at the reports they heard. Dr. Phillips and his best friend enlisted the next day in the Marines.
After recounting many of his experiences, Dr. Phillips brought the house down with his closing statement:
“Many call us the Greatest Generation. Yes, we were a great generation, but I believe the greatest generation is yet to come. The Greatest Generation will be the generation that leads this country back to a belief in the God of the Bible!”
OH, GIVE THANKS TO THE GOD OF HEAVEN, FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER! PSALMS 136:26
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