Today marks the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, and it launched the United States into World War 2. Friday morning a group of local Boy Scouts recognized the anniversary by placing American flags along a College Station street.
Whether you're traveling on two feet; two wheels, or even all fours -- those commuting along Glade Street in College Station are greeted by a wave of patriotism.
"I got to see this great American flag out front and I looked down the street and realized there was one placed in every yard,” said College Station resident and Texas A&M student Austen Aaron.
Austen Aaron's house is among 99 other's that is serving as a very colorful reminder of sacrifice.
On December 7th, 1941 Japanese aircraft swarmed the Hawaii sky virtually destroying the U. S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, including most of the U.S. aircraft on the ground. It was 7:45 that Sunday morning and in nine minutes -- the attack that killed more than 2,400 U.S. civilians and servicemen -- was over. Although 71 years has passed since the attack -- America remembers.
"History has a point and you've got to learn the points to the story and learn why we do things,” said Aaron. "History tends to repeat itself, so it's just overall, it's really important to learn about it."
Although Pearl Harbor was before Dan Martin's time -- he's leading by example.
“We want people to remember those people that lost their lives on that day. There are a lot of people who are still alive today that vividly remember,” said Martin.
Martin is the assistant scout master of Boy Scout Troop 1300. Friday morning Martin and a handful of troop members woke up early and got to work planting 100 U.S. flags on Glade Street all the way from Holleman to Southwest Parkway.
“We started with the flags about 6:30 this morning and finished up around 7:45 so we could get them to school on time," added Martin.
All day the flags were towering high and turning heads; and for many others -- they’re rekindling heroic stories from the battlefield.
"My grandfather had two purple hearts and that's the first thing I thought about when I woke up and saw the flags,” said Aaron.
Martin says the flag planting was just a small service that honors the extraordinary sacrifice for freedom.
The flags displayed for Pearl Harbor day were at no cost to homeowners, however, for future national holidays, you can help support Troop 1300 by signing up to have a flag placed in your yard on the following national holidays: President’s Day 2013, Memorial Day2013, Labor Day 2013, Veterans Day 2013, and many more.
For more information, you can visit www.troop1300.org.