Veteran's Day I was inspired to do further research on some of the names I heard connected to the day's events. I read about the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, a direct retaliation for the bombings. I researched the status of the United States' air and naval power, both before and after the attack. I checked out Tom Brokaw's book, The Greatest Generation, from the library. But is that all Pearl Harbor is now? Interesting reading?
So this year I am challenging myself to look back on history and recapture that feeling. The feeling that swept the Nation in 1941. A feeling of determination and responsibility. A need to step up and make a difference. In the past I've volunteered time to run the children's story hour at the library every week. And I chaperone school field trips. I bake desserts for the funeral dinners at church and sing in the choir. But somehow this seems lacking.
I'm not sure what it is yet, but I want to do more. Maybe the Boys and Girls Club? The local food pantry? Or maybe I'll start by visiting my elderly next door neighbor a bit more often. Small things count, and one by one, they all add up. And if each of us extend a hand or volunteer an hour, we could transform our communities into the kind that the Greatest Generation fought so hard to preserve.
So how about you? Are you doing your part?