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'Grizzled guy' says Johnston missed point

Date published: 12/12/2013

'Grizzled guy' says Johnston missed point

After reading Mr. Johnston's latest diatribe about "the date which lives in infamy," I couldn't help but realize that his Dec. 6 column titled "To The Point" completely misses the point. Being one of those "grizzled guys on motorcycles," I felt it was my place to help him see what so many of us still see. I wasn't alive in 1941, but I wasn't alive in 1776, either. Those of us who do remember days of glory and pain and suffering have a responsibility to remind others who forget or may not know how these events changed our lives and those of future generations.

Mr. Johnston say that 95 percent of Americans won't have a clue about Dec. 7. Doesn't he think it's our duty to remind them that these things happened? Can you imagine what it would be like if it happened now? Oh, wait! It did happen. Sept. 11, 2001.

George Santayana said, "Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." We must do what we can to learn from these events. When you watch those 500 bikers making "a real mess" of traffic, think about why they are there. Maybe some kid will ask his father why we are out there making all that noise and creating all the traffic issues and he'll discover a greater appreciation of the freedoms he has, and how they were earned.

Ed Kerr