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Editorial: Remember our Pearl Harbor

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.

For 67 years, the World War II generation has sworn to never forget Pearl Harbor. The majority of that generation are now in their 80s or older; and they have not forgotten.

America should not either.

President George W. Bush on Friday created the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. This new national monument includes five sites in Hawaii, three in Alaska and one in California. Among the Hawaii sites are the USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center, the USS Utah Memorial and the USS Oklahoma Memorial.

Minnesotans do not have to go far to remember either. The gun from the USS Ward fired the first shot at Pearl Harbor. It was operated by the St. Paul-based reservists and can now be found in our capitol city.

Pearl Harbor is as significant to the World War II generation as Sept. 11 is to this century's first decade. It is a historic moment that is not and should not be forgotten.

To the greatest generation of World War II, we thank you for your service and we remember.