In 1988, I had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor. Visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial was the most memorable time that I spent in Hawaii. Before we went into the memorial, we watched a movie about the attack and about some of the things we would be seeing. It was an almost reverent atmosphere and the U.S. Navy was there and they made sure that respect was given to the memory of those who died in the attack. There was still an oil slick from the sunken ships on the water. December 7, 1941 was the day that the U.S. became involved in World War II. That was two years before I was born. My Dad, Odes Robinette , worked at Oak Ridge during the war and he did not know that they were making the atomic bomb that ended the war. He and my Father-In-Law, H.R. Burns, who also worked at Oak Ridge, both heard it on the radio, just like every one else. Hope that we never have to go through another war like that.
Thank you to all our men and women who have served and are now serving for your service to our country. We are truly the free because of the brave.