“It is said that patriotism is the love of country. I think it is the love of the things about your country that you don’t want to see lost—that you want to see perpetuated—and you’re willing to sacrifice to ensure it.”–General David M. Shoup, USMC


I am rarely without words visiting Ford Island on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor took away my breath and my words. The Arizona. The moors where the  other battleships were “parked”. The memorial for the USS Oklahoma. The USS Missouri standing watch.