The attack on Pearl Harbor was devastating. A surprise military attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. The base was attacked by 360 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and almost 200 airplanes. More than 2,300 Americans were killed and another 1,000 were wounded(from Trivia Today)
Jenna had a first grade teacher that I'm sure must have mentioned it - though not in detail. Jenna obviously hadn't stored it into her memory and appeared to be experiencing a dyslexic moment as she read the card. She was eight at the time we were playing a game with my mom (which I have mentioned here)
It wasn't her intention to be disrespectful. She hadn't realized the errors of her ways until her grandma practically chewed her out. We had been playing Apples to Apples and the Green Card said "Horrid" I had put down "Bad Dogs" and mom put down "the Attack at Pearl Harbor" only when Jenna read the card she read " the Attack of Pearl Hairball" which she didn't fully understand but didn't think a hairball was as bad as a "bad dog"
Mom was more with it some days more than others. She truly was offended that Jenna had mispronounced the word as she suspected Jenna was trying to make fun of the situation - which certainly was not the case - but that's what mom's mind was telling her. She got all defensive and told Jenna how horrible and awful it had been.
My mom was only two when the attack took place, but she did remember being scared. She had been born only two months and two days before the war started and thus was only six when the war ended. She was raised in San Francisco and remembered newsreel footage played before the cinema's featured movie. She remembered having air raid drills at the school. She remembers hiding when the sirens went off to announce that the war had ended; in her six-year-old mind it meant that San Francisco was under attack. Jenna decided it really was worse than "bad dogs" and apologized for the misunderstanding.
I was probably six when I made an ex or a cross on a paper and put tails on each of the sides making a swastika. I thought it was cool looking. Mom got upset about that, too. I didn't know. Anybody who has followed my blog for the last five years know that I would never do something like that with the intention of hurting. According to the holocaust teacher resource center, the swastika was a sign of good luck that has become a symbol of evil (see here)
I really love how the veterans and servicemen are truly honored in Myrtle Creek. I don't personally know who puts the flags up each holiday and remembrance day, but they are always there lining up the bridges and main street. It looks so awesome.