Technology and communication
are quickly uniting the commerce and cultures of earth. United
States citizens have turned, in recent years, to seek their heritage
from the distant lands of their ancestors. In the wake of many
month's of hype, the Memorial Weekend premiere of Pearl Harbor
has arrived to pause and turn our heads homeward.
Hollywood has produced other
profound portraits of war which have succeeded to serve our country's
true heroes with honor, but none that have taken our emotions
to the very heart and soul of America, to the reality of an attack
on United States soil. Perhaps it is with the grace and mercy
of God, that six decades have passed since our country's borders
have been penetrated, but with the dawning of each new decade
and the birth of each new generation, the freedom's we enjoy
fall farther into the shadow of taken for granted.
Pearl Harbor brings back to
vivid life those portraits of our folks and grandfolks and great
grandfolks framed and sometimes forgotten on our shelves. The
story of its people and the land they loved is our story, our
very own heritage. It will remind those of us who are, how proud
we are to be an American. As Americans we stretch out our hands
to the wonders and needs of the world. Our strength lies in our
diversity, but we stand together: a proud nation of UNITED States.
- June 2001