THIS PAST WEEK, our nation remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a solemn remembrance, which we undertake every year not because we want to but because we should. There were no parties, no festive songs, no celebration at all, just as we don’t celebrate D-Day, or 9/11, or our ultimate response to Pearl Harbor — Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
We celebrate those that are good, that are life-giving and sustaining. Those things that brought destruction and ruin, we remember. We commemorate. We memorialize. We learn from.