“December 7th, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” These were the words spoken by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor (78 years ago today). And instantly the United States was at war. Lives were immediately altered as young men were drafted and sent off to unknown lands many had only read about in books.  One thing was for certain: they were uncertain of what they would find when they got there which would indicate whether or not they were ever going to return home. My two great uncles were drafted and miraculously they both returned safely.  I pondered what my life would have been like without the two of them, and it is something too terrible to think about.  Everything they gave me: advice, wisdom and love are gifts that I have never taken for granted and I am forever grateful to them for the time together and the memories shared.  Although they are no longer with me, their guidance and insights about life I hold in my heart and mind.  When I am faced with a challenge, I refer to what they taught me and ask myself what they would do in a situation like mine.  Having just visited The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, I know they were with me as I experienced and explored the atrocities they faced and the hardships they endured. And I am so thankful that they were able to come home for me to have the pleasure of being part of their family. So, as we remember this day, let’s pay homage to our veterans and their families, hug our loved ones, and cherish the love, memories and words of wisdom that are left behind.