By John L. Ross/Staff Writer
It’s Sunday morning, early, and if you’re in the right place, you can probably hear the seagulls squawking or the waves pounding the beach.
It was shaping up to be a beautiful day in Hawaii, nearly 20 years before its statehood.
All was normal, and the rest of the world’s problems seemed as far away as the moon.
Suddenly, through the morning’s peaceful air, a quiet drone of an airplane can be heard.
And the drone gets louder.
And finally it happened.
Just before 8 a.m., more than 350 Japanese planes burst out from the clouds over the tiny Hawaiian island of Oahu, nearly obliterating the Pacific Fleet of the U.S. Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor.
That was Dec. 7, 1941, the day before the U.S. jumped into World War II, and as President Franklin D. Roosevelt put it, “a date that will live in infamy.”
On that day, 2,388 Americans were killed and 1,178 were wounded during the surprise attack.
More than 400,000 Americans were killed before World War II ended in 1945.
To commemorate that tragic event, The William Whitley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Charles Gatliff Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution will host a community event 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Whitley County Courthouse.
The Whitley County JRQTC will present colors, and DAR and SAR members will place a wreath at the Veterans’ Memorial on the courthouse lawn.
All veterans from all wars are invited to attend.