Stano Law December 2018

monthly “You are not alone.”

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR T he A ttack T hat B rought W orld W ar II to A merica December 2018


Paul Stano


These days, somany families are scattered across the state or even the country. And when you only get together once or twice a year, it can be shocking to see that parents or grandparents need a lot more assistance than you remember. Too often, aging parents and grandparents don’t want to complain or have far away family worry, so I wanted to share this helpful list of things to notice, talk about, and prepare for. First, be sure to focus on your family member and what’s important to them. Listen, observe, and ask questions without judgment or advice. Make a list of all the things they can do as well as areas where you think they might need help, such as light house cleaning or driving to doctors’ appointments. Start researching additional resources that can help as well as what type of help is covered by their health insurance. Start conversations with your immediate family as well as extended relatives and friends to see how you can pool your resources. Many of our clients come to see us during the holidays because their out-of-town family is visiting, and it’s the perfect time to update documents and put plans in place tomake sure that everyone is taken care of.

“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 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. […] It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. [...] With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us, God. I ask that the Congress declare that, since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.” –President Franklin D. Roosevelt The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 led to the severe destruction of the United States Pacific Fleet, but it lit a flame in the hearts of Americans. The sudden strike by the Japanese forces destroyed 20 American vessels, eight of which were battleships, and over 300 airplanes. Over 2,000 military and civilian American lives were lost, and another 1,000 suffered injuries. The following day, President Roosevelt gave his Pearl Harbor address to the nation, urging Congress to take action and declare war on Japan. This event brought the citizens of America together for the first time since WWII began. It was time to go to war. Although the attack caught America by surprise, the war had seemed unavoidable for some time. In 1937, Japan declared war on China to seize its import market for financial gain and to expand Japan’s territory. The Japanese government had been struggling with economic and social issues, and its leaders sought to solve these problems by taking the land of neighboring countries. In retaliation, America attempted to intimidate Japan by banning further trade with them. Instead, this action only made the Japanese

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