Remember, remember, the 7th of December, 1941... another morning when a world of change came out of a clear blue sky.
Remember that when you hyperbolically use words to inflate minor incidents into raging crises - that a crisis that is appropriate to those words, can still come about and leave you speechless.
Remember that things can become worse, in an instant.
Remember that the smoke that rose over our ships December 7th, 1941, led to the smoke over Hiroshima and Nagasaki four bloody years later.
Remember, remember, the 7th of December, for if history becomes only about the past, it will lose all meaning, and your children will have to learn its lessons anew.
Remember that on December 7th, 1941, in the midst of negotiations to preserve peace, those we negotiated with, attacked us.
Remember that sometimes negotiations for peace are simply preparations for war.
Remember that those who serve are always at risk of having the ultimate price demanded of them - and they have agreed up front to pay it for you.
Remember that at Pearl Harbor 79 years ago, Americans were reminded that the freedom to be on the left or right, is not free.
Remember to honor them, and to honor that which you share with them, the liberty and freedom of being an American.
These are lessons to learn, and to remember.
Remember... it matters.
Look around you, in time and place, and remember....