his year, Dec. 7 fell on a Sunday.
Perhaps it was fitting: 73 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor and brought America into World War II, it was also on a Sunday.
As I left church to attend the Pacific War Museum’s Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony with my two youngest sons, I noticed something interesting about Fredericksburg.
It was quiet, almost as if residents had vacated and left behind a ghost town.
That’s not unusual, is it? Sunday mornings in many towns tend to be whisper quiet, sometimes because people were out late on a Saturday night and are sleeping in. For others, Sunday is their only day to sleep in.
It was probably very quiet during that 1941 morning in Pearl Harbor that lives in infamy. People slept in, others were awake having breakfast, and some probably leisurely read the paper while sipping coffee.