Remember to remember, that while we're preoccupied with our current concerns of the day, the worst of our yesterdays - such as that of 81 years ago today - can suddenly consume our present, especially when it's least expected, which is always: Today.
Remember that December 7th, 1941 dawned as just another morning, when a world of change suddenly came upon the world from out of a clear blue sky.
Sometimes you need a bit of perspective... today, the 7th of December, is a fine day to get it. Don't just recall, which we all so routinely do, but mentally, spiritually, put them back together - Re-member, remember, or you may be doomed to repeat history again after all.
Remember that days like the 7th of December can bring with them a very different sort of crisis, than the sort of thing which our media calls a crisis, today, and every other day. A real clash of cultures rang out eighty-one years ago today, that truly should live in infamy - but it can do so only if we remember to re-member that it was a day that saw two thousand four hundred and three people slaughtered, and which led us into four years of war and the loss of millions of lives worldwide.
Remember that things can become infinitely worse than they are right now, in an instant.
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 and re[member, the 7th of December, for if history becomes only about the past, it will lose all of its meaning, and your children will have to learn its lessons anew.
Remember also that those who serve in our military 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 81 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... because it matters that you do.