I would love to have some eloquent statement to make but its all been said before by others who are better at this sort of thing than I. I am grateful not just to the American Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who fought that day and the many days that follow but also to the British and Canadian allies who stood by our sides (or maybe it would be better to say we stood by them, it was their war before it was ours).
I also feel a special reverence for those Poles, Frenchmen, Czechs, Dutch, and Greeks (there are others I am sure) who left their home lands to carry on the fight when all seemed lost. Should we ever face invasion and occupation I pray that God will provide us with such men and women.
Also remember those who defended those shores many of whom were caught by forces they could neither control or understand. This does not absolve them, but we should not judge too harshly.
This is also the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway perhaps the most decisive victory in the history of the United States Navy.