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Ice Breaker – Pearl Harbor (A Day That Will Live In Infamy)

Each week on The Stretched Blog, we ask an ice breaker question.  The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community.  I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments.  While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

This week’s question commemorates December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor Day.  This is the day that the Japanese invaded the United States by attacking Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  Ever since, people have used December 7th as a day to remember this day which will live in infamy.  According to, infamy is defined as:

extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act: a time that will live in infamy.

I hope you’ll chime in on today’s question.

Question:  What day will live in infamy for you?  How do you remember this day?

My Answer:  I wasn’t alive for Pearl Harbor, but I had the honor of visiting there several years ago.  As I stand over the U.S.S. Arizona, there is a sense of being at hallowed ground as I watched the oil floating up to the water’s surface from the ship below.  I can’t truly imagine what that day might have felt like for so many Americans, but I’m guessing it’s a day that will always be remembered with a bad reputation.

In my 40+ years, I’ve lived through a few of these type of days.  Besides 9/11, I’m not sure if any would match up to the devastation that must have been felt on December 7, 1941.  For me the first time I can really remember having a feeling anywhere close to this was the day Ronald Reagan was shot.  It was March 30, 1981.  I can remember getting on my bus at school to head home when we suddenly received the news.  I was shocked and saddened.  I’m not sure if I cried, but it’s possible.  I remember heading home that night and having a lot of questions for my parents.  This is one of the days that will live in infamy for me.

There you have it – my answer.  Now, it’s your turn.  Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment.  I look forward to reading your response!