BEDFORD: The incredible resilience and valor portrayed by the men and women at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is a legacy that benefited the entire free world. Seventy-five years later most of the witnesses are no longer with us but the legacy of the men and women who defended Pearl Harbor on that day of infamy will always remain. Service, sacrifice, and valor were demonstrated by American heroes at unprecedented levels and foreshadowed the trials, toughness, and grit that epitomized the Greatest Generation during the Second World War. American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt often encourages Legion posts to “carry the legacy forward.” He refers to the great accomplishments of previous generations of Legionnaires, while also asking current Legionnaires to begin new legacies that will benefit the next generation of Veterans.
The more than 2,400 men, women, and children who died the day of the attack, would be joined by thousands of others in the seven and a half decades since. Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor is the commander of Anthony-Hunt-Hamilton American Legion Post 221 here in Bedford. He reminds us, “As those of our members able to provide firsthand accounts become fewer and fewer, it is up to us to keep their legacies alive.” For the United States, Pearl Harbor was the commencement of war. For Japan, it marked the beginning of the end. “For those heroes of 75 years ago, we shall always be grateful. God bless our World War II veterans, God Bless the American Legion, and God Bless America.”
Post 221 general meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month in the downstairs members lounge at 7:00 PM. For more information or membership contact OC at (781) 275-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our American Legion Family offers a smoke free environment at Post 221.