Once, when I was a kid, I made a comment to my parents that if I could change any event in history, I would stop the attack on Pearl Harbor. In hindsight, I'm not sure exactly how I came to the conclusion that that was the key day to save the world, but that's what I'd decided. My dad informed me that if I had changed that, then my grandparents would never have met, and I wouldn't be alive. There was so much then I didn't understand.
Today is December 7, 2009, the 68th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt declared it a date that would live in infamy. It was a day that changed the course of history forever.
I take this moment to remember those who died that day, and those who died as a result of it, and to honor those who served their country so bravely then and since.