With today marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the catalyst for America’s entry into World War II and to not remember both the loss of life on December 7, 1941 and the following sacrifices over the subsequent four years. Many of us have a close familial tie to WWII, and we receive photos and stories every week involving grandparents and motorcycles and the war effort.
America’s immediate response to the bombing of the Hawaiian naval base is not beyond reproach, as detailed in Dain Gingerelli’s upcoming tour story when he rode to Manzanar, California, the site of one of the internment camps for Japanese and Japanese Americans living in the States in the aftermath of the attack.
Here is brief excerpt from Dain’s piece: “Perhaps the most touching place is the cemetery at the west end of the camp. A tall stone obelisk, erected in August 1943, marks the location where about 150 souls are entombed. The obelisk’s inscription in Japanese Kanji script reads: Soul Consoling Tower.”
As we put the finishing touches on issue #346, we found the coincidence of Dain’s tour and the anniversary too much to overlook. #346 will be on newsstands in January, and Dain’s reflections at Manzanar are well-worth the read.