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Pam Terrell Walker, a native of Rome, is a paralegal at in Calhoun. Readers may email her at pamtwalker@gmail.com.

GUEST COLUMN: 76 years ago today: An infamous day

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Pam Terrell Walker, a native of Rome, is a paralegal at in Calhoun. Readers may email her at pamtwalker@gmail.com.

Pearl Harbor was attacked 76 years ago today, Dec. 7, 1941. The Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service made a surprise strike that day against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. The day after the attack, to a Joint Session of Congress, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famous “Infamy” speech. He called for a formal declaration of war on the Empire of Japan. Congress obliged his request less than an hour later. Dec. 8, 1941, Roosevelt signed the declaration of war against Imperial Japan.

Also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor, the unexpected military attack came as a profound shock to the American people. The attack led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters.

On that day, 132 American servicemen distinguished themselves in combat at Pearl Harbor. To that end, 15 Medals of Honor, 51 Navy Crosses, 53 Silver Stars, four Navy and Marine Corps Medals, one Distinguished Flying Cross, four Distinguished Service Crosses, one Distinguished Service Medal, and three Bronze Star Medals were bestowed for bravery that day. These members of our Armed Forces served with valor. They probably did not consider themselves heroes but there are many who beg to differ.

Nov. 5, 1990, Congress established a bronze commemorative medal for veterans of Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal, also known as the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal, was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and who were present in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. Recipients of this medal participated in combat operations that day against Japanese military forces attacking Hawaii.

Walk through Bethlehem

Picture it. Dec. 7, 2006. An outdoor staging of a real Bethlehem market at First Baptist Church of Loganville.

It was 30 degrees outside. The beautiful cobalt blue sky was filled with stars.

Located out in the country, Loganville is far away from city lights. Therefore, the clear sky was a magnificent sight.

Groups of 10 people at a time were ushered to the city gate. We were given a coin so that we could pay the tax. Our tour guide warned us that the Roman soldiers were tired and cranky from having to deal with all the many citizens in town for the census.

When we arrived at the City gate, we encountered those Roman soldiers, some of whom were on horseback. Indeed, they were cranky and short with us even though we dutifully paid the tax. With that unpleasant task out of the way, we enjoyed the market.

The various merchants, dressed in period costume, had booths from which they sold their goods and services. There was an array of things from which to choose. We could actually buy salt, baskets, figs, fish, olives and olive oil, perfumes and beautiful silk.

The marvelous aroma of fresh baked bread wafted over the market. We took our time sampling wares, talking with the merchants, and we enjoyed listening to the storytellers.

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