Yes Mi Irierites,
With a day to spare before our next gig in Honolulu, we were fortunate to get the opportunity to see the historical memorial at Pearl Harbor. I say fortunate, because since our very first visit to Hawaii, back in 1986, there has never been a relaxing moment to take time out and make this visit.
Collectively speaking, we thought it would be a real shame if we were ever to mention to our children and grand children that we have been coming to Hawaii for almost 30 years and have never seen the site that experienced such a catastrophic event which the USA still regards, even to this day, as one of the most significant of events in their almost three century history.
It was an enlightening observation. Being here, had me connecting the dots on how the world was at that time. Not that anything has really changed over the decades, but it showed me how hungry countries were in the struggle for power. With Japan wanting China and the rest of Asia, Europe wanting all of Africa, and Russia’s spread of Communism, all of this created the inevitability of war. It is no wonder that the legacy of imperialism and racism is what it is today.
Anyway, with 2,341 dying during the incident on Dec 7th, 1941, many that have survived have chosen to be buried among those that lost their lives that day. The most recent joined the ranks in 2013.
Eight known survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack are still alive. Two have already pointed out that when they die they wish to be buried among the rest of the victims.
“All we are saying, is give peace a chance” – John Lennon.