Advent 2 – Homily

Pastor M. Beecroft, 12/07/2008

A day of infamy. At about 8:00 in the morning on December 7, 1941, Japanese airplanes came over the skyline and roared into Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack killed more than 2,300 Americans and devastated the battleship fleet of the US Navy, sinking the USS Arizona and capsizing the USS Oklahoma. Even though the rest of the world was at war and tensions ran high between the Japanese Empire and the United States, the attack was unexpected. It shocked and enraged this nation. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the congress and nation, “Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: yesterday, December 7th, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” The United States was at war. The people of the nation were in a collective outrage. Men enlisted and the nation rallied behind slogans like “Remember December 7th.”  Continue reading

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