They are leaving us. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is holding their last meeting today.
This will be their last visit to this watery grave to share stories, exchange smiles, find peace and salute their fallen friends. This, they say, will be their final farewell.
"This will be one to remember," said Mal Middlesworth, president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. "It's going to be something that we'll cherish forever."
The survivors have met here every five years for four decades, but they're now in their 80s or 90s and are not counting on a 70th reunion. They have made every effort to report for one final roll call.
Their last meeting. I know
, but it saddens me so. We owe them so much, and our thank-yous seem inadequate compared to the sacrifices they made. All Things Must Pass
But: We shall continue, we shall honor their sacrifices, we will remember, and we shall rededicate ourselves to the task that faces this generation…the one that began on
9/11/2001. The Greatest Generation expects it from us.