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Admiral's Commentary: Contemplating Service Above and Beyond the Call

Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick
Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick

12/04/20 08:18 PM

By Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

As we approach the end of one of the most challenging years in our nation’s history, we arrive at a date that is all too familiar to those of us who live, serve and work here at Pearl Harbor.

Monday, Dec/ 7 will mark the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This year’s ceremony will be commemorated from the area known as Contemplation Circle, on the grounds of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. 

If there was ever a time that we all needed to reach back and contemplate the lessons learned from a previous generation, surely that time is now. 

We find inspiration when we contemplate that generation’s response in the face of a stealthy and seemingly unstoppable enemy. 

The vantage point of 79 years of history provides a unique opportunity to remember how they rose to the challenges of their day to defeat that enemy and secure the peace we enjoy today.

The example of perseverance and courage under fire that would lead to victory in the long war ahead, was set by the heroes who endured the horrors of Dec. 7, 1941.  It is the example we strive to follow each and every day. 

I encourage everyone to watch the ceremony online and as you do, take a moment to contemplate the legacy of the Greatest Generation, who went above and beyond to answer the call when our nation was in need.

Let us continue to honor them well beyond Dec. 7 with our lives and with our service as the defenders of the values of liberty and peace that they fought to preserve 79 years ago.