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Remembering Pearl Harbor Day

Friday, December 07, 2012

I was not alive when December 7, 1941 came. I cannot explain why this anniversary has always been an emotional day for me. For more than a decade, I have taken the day off, but could not this year. I wore a pin for USS Arizona and went to work in the morning.

Today was our department Christmas lunch, one of those "important to attend" events. But my boss excused me so I could get my annual eye exam. I had FSA dollars that had to be spent and, with working 7 days a week, time for the appointment was going to be a real challenge.

I left when everyone else left for the lunch because I'd decided to run some errands. One of those was to get my hair cut. I parked at the far end of the parking lot from the eye doctor's. Only then did I remember that SuperCuts is a few blocks away. Traffic was so awful I decided to walk. That was glorious!

The eye appointment went well. Doc was very pleased. He's the best eye doc I have ever had. He has taken the time to figure out how my odd eyes work, he spends time with me and he reviews my charts in great detail. It was a full 2 hour exam. At the end, I learned that the cost for the appointment and the special test matched to the penny the last few dollars I had in my FSA account! I was thrilled! For those who don't have the Flex Spending Account: the funds set aside as pretax dollars have to be spent in that calendar year or the person loses the money.

Our young intern attorney commented today that soon Pearl Harbor Day will not be observed. By that, he meant that there are so few people still alive who remember the actual day. My thought was, it will be remembered as long as I am alive.

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    1990 days ago

    I'm glad your eye exam went well and you got in a nice walk. You also avoided the office luncheon temptations of food. A real win all around.

    My father remember Pearl Harbor Day. He volunteered not long after, and did training in Hawaii for the Signal Corp.
    1990 days ago
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    That is awesome you have such a thorough and good opthalmologist! That is great these FSA dollars were used up to the penny, although I do not understand your system at all.
    I cannot see Pearl Harbor ever being forgotten. Sure, the veterans involved will be long gone, but sadly more veterans of other wars will take their place and not let any of the fallen ever be forgotten. Your Memorial Day and our Remembrance Day will always have people observing it. On my trip to Hawaii, I visited the Arizona memorial. Even though I am not even from your country, walking over that shipwreck sent a chill through my spine, and seeing all those names of the lost on the wall made me deeply sad. So many young lives lost. As long as there are people preserving it, and there will be, we will have that constant reminder..
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    1990 days ago
    Ask the attorney if he remembers the signing of the Declaration of Independece and when he says no, ask him if people should not remember the Fourth of July? emoticon

    1990 days ago
    1991 days ago
    Wonderful tribute to the servicemen!
    1991 days ago
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