Life Day 26811 – Day of Infamy

December 7, 2020 at 10:54 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Monday, December 7, 2020. It is the 342nd day of the year, with 24 days remaining.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

 Pearl Harbor Day 

Today marks the 79th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The attack began at dawn, without warning. When it was over, more than 2,400 American soldiers and 68 civilians were dead, and another 1,100 were wounded. The attack sank five of the eight U.S. Navy battleships in the harbor and damaged the other three. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, and 188 aircraft.
This attack caused President Franklin Roosevelt to declare war on Japan the next day, bringing us into WWII. His now-famous speech before Congress stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor is “a date which will live in infamy.”
Pearl Harbor Day, also known as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or just Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, is observed annually on December 7. On August 23, 1994, Congress, by Public Law 103–308, designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is a tradition to fly the Flag of the United States at half-staff until sunset in honor of dead patriots. It is not a federal holiday. Government offices, schools, and businesses do not close. Some organizations may hold special events in memory of those killed or injured at Pearl Harbor.
As tragic as this event was, it should never be forgotten. Two memorials have been built to remember that day and its events. The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is a marble memorial over the sunken battleship USS Arizona, which was dedicated in 1962. The memorial remembers all military personnel who were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. Another memorial is that of the USS Utah, a battleship that was attacked and sunk in the attack. A memorial to honor the crew of the USS Utah was dedicated on the northwest shore of Ford Island, near the ship’s wreck, in 1972. The ship was added to the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Additionally, in 1990, leading up to the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress established the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal. This is also known as the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s medal and was awarded to anyone who was in the United States Armed Forces and who was present in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and participated in combat operations that day against the attack.
To celebrate Pearl Harbor Day, refresh your memory on the history of the Pearl Harbor attack. Watch a couple of movies based on the attack, such as Tora, Tora, ToraFrom Here to Eternity, or Pearl Harbor.

Letter Writing Day 

Letter Writing Day is celebrated each year on December 7th. As you might assume, it celebrates the almost-lost art of letter writing.
In today’s “plugged in” society, the ability to effectively communicate through the written language is rapidly becoming a lost art. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, tense, and basic sentence structure are ignored by many people in their electronic communications.
I would like to blame laziness or the need for brevity that some social media sites require by limiting the number of characters people can use to convey their message. But alas, the problem seems to go deeper than that. The entire education system needs to be revamped. Schools are passing students that a few decades ago would have been held back; just to make their statistics look good. The climate of preserving a student’s self-esteem over teaching them is wreaking havoc upon society. When these students eventually go into the workforce, they are ill-prepared to deal with the harsh realities of life.
To celebrate Letter Writing Day, sit down with pen and paper, and write letters to a few people. If you then put them in an envelope, place stamps on the envelopes, and post them, you get bonus points.

International Civil Aviation Day

International Civil Aviation Day has been celebrated by the International Civil Aviation Organization since 7 December 1994, the 50th anniversary of the signing the Convention on International Civil Aviation. In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly made it official by proclaiming that 7 December as International Civil Aviation Day.
The holiday is still celebrated around the world for the people of the aviation community like air traffic control, airport management, airlines and of course the aircraft themselves – focusing primarily on safety issues.
Additionally, International Civil Aviation Day celebrates ‘near disaster’ flights like QF32 (in which no one died or was injured) and others that were in great peril but the pilots and crews managed to save the passengers and most of the plane. By contrast, also celebrates the terror of the events that occurred on 9/11 and the world’s worst plane to plane collision with a KLM 747 and a PAN AM 747 at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam. Go figure!
To celebrate International Civil Aviation Day, give thanks to the myriad governmental “alphabet agencies” like the FAA, the NTSB, et al for insuring that air travel is still one of the safest modes of transportation.

National Cotton Candy Day 

National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated annually on December 7th. Oddly enough, it celebrates a world-renowned, and world-favorite sweet treat – cotton candy.
Aside from being “Diabetes on a stick”, what’s not to love about cotton candy?  The sweet, sugary taste and the soft, fluffy texture that melts in your mouth have brought joy to millions of people, young and old, for generations.
William Morrison and John C. Warton invented cotton candy in 1897 but didn’t introduce it to the public until the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. It was an instant success and sold for 25 cents, half the cost of the admission to the event. Cotton candy was originally called “fairy floss.” It was renamed as cotton candy in 1920. Today in Greece, Israel,  it is still often referred to as “old woman’s hair!”
Cotton candy is most commonly found at outdoor fairs and festivals these days. But, if there is no such event happening in your area today, and you still want to celebrate National Cotton Candy Day, many grocery and convenience stores throughout America now sell cotton candy so you may be able to pick up some there. 

Other Holidays
Below is a list of other holidays celebrated today that are worthy of mention.

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