Most of us still can remember exactly how we felt when planes flew into the World Trade Center.
We mourned our loss, and questioned our security. So many people died at the hands of a distant enemy.
But before 9-11, there was another attack on the United States. Another assault on our nation.
One that’s now tucked away in history books, or stuck in a corner of our national conscious.
The attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese fighter planes and bombers occurred on December 7, 1941.
They blew up our ships, destroyed our planes, and killed our sailors, soldiers, pilots and civilians.
It drew us into World War II, a long and torturous fight against the forces of evil, hatred and persecution.
This December 7, was the 75th anniversary of the attack.
And many of the survivors from that day went back to Hawaii for the Memorial and Commemoration Events.
Photographer Manny Sotelo and I were there too.
It was a wonderful experience; sad, contemplative, and uplifting all at the same time.
We learned the story of Pearl Harbor from three Colorado Veterans, who had very similar yet vastly different experiences there.
One barely escaped from the USS Arizona after it exploded.
One was on shore when the attack happened, but ran to get onto his sinking ship, the USS West Virginia.
And one who was in the Army and did what he was trained to do, get to a gun to defend the base.
All say they think often about the more than 2,400 people who were killed, and more than 1,000 who were wounded.
Their stories need to be told, so that this nation never forgets.
The events in Hawaii also included the annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, and a Colorado band was honored to be part of it this year.
The Windsor High School Marching band marched in the parade and performed in front of the USS Missouri.
And they were also awarded first place in the parade competition.
But what do 17 and 18-year-old students know about what happened at Pearl Harbor. You’d be surprised.
They told us about what they learned, and about they felt about the victims and survivors.
Many were about the same age they are now.
We talked about how members of a military band on the USS Arizona were killed.
And we talked about why it’s especially important for young people to learn the story of Pearl Harbor.
We’ve put all of these events and stories into a 9NEWS Special Program, which you can watch above.