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Dec. 7 marked the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and America’s entry into World War II (but interestingly, Congress declared war against Japan on Dec. 8, and declared war against Germany on Dec. 11). About 2,300 service members were killed in the attack, about half coming from the USS Arizona. I have no strong desire to visit Hawaii, but if I did go it would be to visit the memorial to the USS Arizona. For comparison, 2,977 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

About 30 survivors gathered in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 and remembered those who did not survive the 9/11 of their era. I wonder how long it will be before we have no living World War II veterans — those of the “Greatest Generation” — and anniversaries like this slip slower and slower into obscurity. I suppose it is up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen.

To commemorate the day I stopped by Freedom Field on the way to work, and read the names on the memorial in front of the flags. Inscribed on this memorial are the names of Freedom residents who served in World War II. I don’t know if any were at Pearl Harbor, but I thought it was an appropriate commemoration given that these residents enlisted as a consequence of America’s declaration of war against Japan.

The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and will reopen Dec. 28. They will then be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2022, and will reopen on Jan. 4, 2022.

Please be careful driving now that we have the first snowfall of the season. I drove past the Knox Ridge accident you probably saw reported in this paper. It was scary and I hope the driver is doing OK.