Keller @ Large: Keeping Pearl Harbor In Your Memory

By Jon Keller WBZ Radio and TV

BOSTON (CBS) — In response to my WBZ Radio commentary Tuesday on the life of John Lennon – who was murdered in New York City 30 years ago tonight – I received the following e-mail from a listener:

“I thought it was interesting that you chose to discuss the anniversary of an event that occurred on December 8 rather than the December 7 anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and our entry into World War II, thereby losing an opportunity to highlight an event that has had infinitely more impact on American culture and society than that of a rock star maturing into the role of fatherhood. Your John Lennon segment would have been far more apropos [today], thereby allowing you to focus on a much greater historical occasion which remains a pivotal event in our nations history and that sadly is forgotten by a large segment of adult Americans, and is unknown to an even greater number of high school and college students. Regards, Stephen.”

Well Stephen, thanks for writing. I agree with you that the attack on Pearl Harbor is a more significant historical moment than just about anything I comment on here, and I suspect your observation is correct that too few young people remember the day that will live in infamy. I would point out that WBZ Radio gave significant coverage to the anniversary yesterday, airing comments from veterans and sending a reporter to cover a ceremony marking the date. And I would suggest that it is just as much your responsibility and that of every listener to keep the memory and meaning of that day alive as it is mine or that of the news media in general. In fact, maybe even more so.

I sometimes feel like what we do becomes background noise, a steady hum of stories that don’t necessarily always achieve the impact we hope for. And I would hope that every parent, teacher and authority figure does their share to make sure kids know about our history, and the reasons so many fought and died for our freedom. I’ll remember your email next December 7th. In the meantime, both of us have a full year ahead to find ways to share the lessons of that infamous day.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • Sue

    Well said Stephen!

  • Kathy Nolan Deschenes

    Good people died on the 7th and the 8th. It’s all bad.

  • cynic

    John Lennon was just a SINGER…….What did he contribute to the World?

  • John Buczek

    However…Today, December 8, 2010, there is more talk about the death of John Lennon than there was yesterday, December 7, 2010, about “this day in Infamy” other than WBZ

    “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan”……..Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Go here>>>>>>

    ………. john buczek

  • StanleyRamon

    I figured someone would chastise you for that. My first thought was “why didn’t he do that tomorrow?” The truth is, 69 years is a long time ago, and those that experienced Pearl Harbor are now few and far between. That’s not to say there is any excuse to forget, but today’s veterans have memories of different wars. I went to a meeting at an American Legion Post last night that is ironically named after a young man that died at Pearl Harbor and is buried at the Punch Bowl. If one of the members hadn’t reminded us that we should pause to remember Pearl Harbor, I’m not sure we would have. Truth be told organizations such as the American Legion and VFW are disappearing because our generation doesn’t get involved. Yes, we should never forget, but just pointing that out is easy. Maybe next year we can all go to our nearest school and teach our young people the significance of Dec. 7th. I was also trying to think of a way to include the fact that it’s Larry Bird’s birthday too.

  • mikey

    President Truman got it right by ordering the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ” Oh What A Feeling.”

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