August 2018 marks 73 years since the end of the war against the Japanese empire.
As a young boy of 11, I remember feeling a sense of relief that the years of darkness were finally over, and too, that Uncle Bud, the only relative that went to war in the Pacific would be coming home.
There were some I'm sure who felt some sympathy for the Japanese enemy, but I was not one of them.
They had attacked us, thereby bringing destruction on our country and ruining my bright little world. I remembered Pearl Harbor, Guadacanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Tarawa, so Hiroshima and Nagasaki seemed a just retribution.
Of course, like all Augusts, this one will pass with hardly a notice or memory of 1945. It's understandable; it's been so many years and the warriors we sent away to fight World War II are dying off and becoming just a memory. We honor them on Nov. 11, then forget them until next year.
But what about a more recent time when we were again attacked from the sky? That anniversary is only about 30 days away and yet we're already beginning to forget. Sept. 11, 2001 was an attack on our sovereignty as surely as Pearl Harbor and yet so many of us let that anniversary pass as easily as Pearl Harbor.
Oh we've taken partial revenge. An evil person called Osama Bin Laden is history, thanks to the accurate weapon of a Navy Seal; but what of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed , the supposed mastermind of 9/11, who even now spends his days at Guantanamo Bay whereby his lawyers stall for time. (Something they deny.) A woman named Tami Michaels and her husband Guy witnessed the horror of 9/11 from their room in the Millennium Hotel. Using a hand held camera they recorded the gruesome scenes of 9/11. "We saw the people who chose to jump and those who were forced to jump. They were murdered — that's the word I want to hear — the word chose sounds as if they had a choice — they were on fire."
Carroll County has its own 9/11 story. In 1978, a young woman named Karen Seymour made a 25-foot jump shot that brought South Carroll a state championship. Karen died in one of the towers on 9/11. Does Karen deserve justice? I say yes!