Yes, I remember it quite well. I was playing outside with a friend when my
mother came charging out the house. She yelled, "The Japs have attacked
The next day, the school broadcast Roosevelt's address to the Congress.
Things have never been quite the same since.
It did come to me quite later, that Roosevelt had backed the Japanese into a
corner and that perhaps he had goaded them into doing something.
You mean like the Rape of Nanking?
Wrong side of the world, but the Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere was
Japan's version of Nazi Germany's lebensraum(sp?).
Japan was headed the way it went before FDR took office.
Back when I was still sailing on the Great Lakes, would sail across
Lakes Erie & Huron to the southern and/or western shores of Ontario
visiting the little port towns there.
This was in the 70s & 80s and a visit to one of these towns was like
traveling in a time warp back to the 40s when I was growing up or so
Each of these little towns would have a park with a war memorial to
In some it would be to the participants of the war of 1812 when
Canada was still fighting with the British, which meant these were
enemies of then USA at that time.
Others were to the fallen of WWII, many of whom died before
As I stood there reading and counting the names, I began to understand
what a large percentage of the Canadian population had given their
lives in WWII.
To this day, standing in front of that memorial in Kincardine looking
at that memorial, lighted only by street lights, is still vivid in my
Canada is also where the Brits trained fighter pilots before
They have a plane on an elevated display to acknowledge the fact in
the first town west of the Welland canal whose name escapes me at the
(Crazy bunch of fun folks in that town)
Yes, I remember.
Actually, no. That was when the European War was two years and three
months old. The Japanese were kicking the crap out of the British in
Shanghai and other places, but, so far, there was no true world scope.
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