We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I had the good fortune to visit the Arizona Memorial
and the Mighty Mo
I found the Arizona monument very moving and the Mo very exciting. The park service people and the USS Missouri volunteers were wonderful, nothing short of it.
I had a relative (mom's cousin, long since dead) who was assigned to the USS Helena at Pearl Harbor and, IIRC was aboard during the attack. He survived and continued to serve aboard her until her eventual sinking at the Battle of Kula Gulf, which he also survived. He became a beat cop in a small NYC metro city. Different times, different men.
At this angle, it looks like She is going to launch out of Her grave site and soar towards the stars.
May they ALL be remembered until the sun turns into a red giant and engulfs the earth. Then a little more.
If you hadn't heard, the Arizona is a Shinto shrine. The Japanese make pilgrimage there to pray for the souls lost on December 7th, 1941, Japanese, but mostly American. It's a way for the Japanese people to make atonement for that fateful day.