A REASON FOR MEMORIAL DAY

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By Scotty Daniel

Not too long ago I was in a business, talking with a customer service representative that I knew quite well. It was V-J Day and we were discussing what that day meant to America. Another customer in-line behind me asked, “what is V-J Day?” Appalled by that question from a grown man in America, I realized that history is no longer taught in our public schools and that is probably one of the reasons why America is in such a great state of decline.

New Year’s Eve, December 3l5t, 1941, 24 days after the Pearl Harbor attack, Union Station in Houston, was a cold, rainy night. 12 young men, dressed in red long-handle underwear, were providing some youthful entertainment as they were preparing to board the train to The Chicago Naval Training Center. The young men were the seniors of the Jeff Davis High School football team and had volunteered to join the Navy, with the understanding that they would be assigned to the Cruiser, U.S.S. Houston upon completion of “boot camp” and technical training. One of the young men was my older brother.

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