Although I do not agree totally with the lyrics to this song. I believe we need to remember this event and learn from it. How could this been avoided without conflict, death and destruction? Why did we think although Japan was building up they would not dare to attack?
“Remember Pearl Harbor”, the song and the saying, went in to history as the quintessential slogan and battle cry of World War II.
History – in every century,
records an act that lives forevermore.
We’ll recall – as in to line we fall,
the thing that happened on Hawaii’s shore.
Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR –
As we go to meet the foe –
Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
As we did the Alamo.
We will always remember –
how they died for liberty,
Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
and go on to victory.
Also remember what we did to US citizens of Japan decent. As far as I know they was now evidence of any Japanese-American convicted of treason.
Roosevelt’s executive order was fueled by anti-Japanese sentiment among farmers who competed against Japanese labor, politicians who sided with anti-Japanese constituencies, and the general public, whose frenzy was heightened by the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor. More than 2/3 of the Japanese who were interned in the spring of 1942 were citizens of the United States.
More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were interned behind barbed wire during World War II…
…over half were children.
Other Groups in the Camps
While Japanese-Americans comprised the overwhelming majority of those in the camps, thousands of Americans of German, Italian, and other European descent were also forced to relocate there. Many more were classified as “enemy aliens” and subject to increased restrictions. As of 2004, the U.S. Government has made no formal apology or reparations to those affected.
German- and Italian-American Internment during WWll
Japanese-American Internment Camp: Tule Lake, California
“…I remember my mother wrapping
A blanket around me and my
Pretending to fall asleep
so she would be happy
Though I was so excited I couldn’t sleep.
(I hear there were people herded
Into the Hastings Park like cattle
Families were made to move in two hours
Abandoned everything, leaving pets
And possessions at gun point…”
ÂJoy Kogawa, from “What I Do I Remember of the Evacuation” (1973), published in The Chicago Review, Vol. 42, Nos. 3 & 4
“Two weeks after his twenty-fifth birthday, Ichiro got off a bus at Second and Main in Seattle. He had been gone four years, two in camp and two in prison.
Walking down the street that autumn morning with a small, black suitcase, he felt like an intruder in a world to which he had no claim. It was just enough that he should feel this way, for, of his own free will, he had stood before the judge and said that he would not go in the army. At the time there was no other choice for him. That was when he was twenty-three, a man of twenty-three. Now, two years older, he was even more of a man.”
ÂJohn Okada, No-No Boy (1957, reprinted by the University of Washington Press, 1980)