December 7, 1941: The Day of Infamy
I didn't want the day to pass without acknowledging the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is a day to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, that brought the U.S. into World War II. Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941.
Many young students often ask, why do we spend so much time learning about our past and studying history? According to the National Historical Association, "history should be studied because it is essential to individuals and to society, and because it harbors beauty. There are many ways to discuss the real functions of the subject—as there are many different historical talents and many different paths to historical meaning. All definitions of history's utility, however, rely on two fundamental facts."
Looking back at past events can also help us learn and move forward in our day to day lives. The National Historical Association shares a few of the real life benefits we can gain by studying history:
- History Helps Us Understand People and Societies
- History Helps Us Understand Change and How the Society We Live in Came to Be
- The Importance of History in Our Own Lives
- History Contributes to Moral Understanding
- History Provides Identity
- Studying History Is Essential for Good Citizenship
- Students Can Develop Many Skills By Studying History
- History Is Useful in the World of Work
Spend some time with your family today, learning about the Pearl Harbor attack and make sure to take a few moments to remember the many families who were affected by it.