USS Arizona Pearl Harbor Memorial

by | Apr 6, 2012

My Dad, Vernon, was a Pearl Harbor survivor serving on the USS West Virginia on that terrible day December 7, 1941.  My emotions took over when viewing this video as it reminded me of Dad and all Pearl Harbor and WWII survivors who paid a huge price for our freedoms.  What really came to mind is the healing for families that this memorial represents.  It was no doubt special for the USS Arizona survivors themselves to possibly look forward to being with their shipmates again.  This in itself is healing for those who suffer with guilt as survivors of a traumatic event.  This day on December 7, 1941 was no exception.

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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