A couple of Days ago we remembered the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Over 2,500 men and women died that day when the forces of the Empire of Japan attacked our Pacific Fleet stationed there. After the news of the attack came to the mainland so many were shocked. After the shock settled, outrage settled in as many men and women rose up and vowed to fight back against a cowardly enemy.
As the Japanese envoys in Washington continued their meetings and negotiations with American emissaries in our nation’s capital, knowing full well the attack plans were underway, we were duped into thinking the Japanese government was honestly engaged in reaching a peaceful settlement of the differences between our two governments. But this was not so.
As the horrific reports of the deaths and destruction came over the wires millions vowed revenge and joined up to serve in the armed forces. John Moore and Geraldo Hinojosa were such men. As well, the Code Talkes of the Navajo and other Native Americans joined to fight for their countrymen and fellow brothers. Yes, discrimination among races in America was a real thing. These men knew this but it did not matter as they joined and endured the months of training before being ordered to points all over the world to combat the evils of Nazism and Fascism. Jesse’s and Hector’s fathers along with millions of others stood tall during one of the darkest days for America and freedom loving people all over the world. Their willingness to serve against great odds and knowing their lives would or could be sacrificed was a testament to their integrity and ultimately their humanity.
The story of The Bend is about this willingness to serve and to understand the moral compass it takes to make a difference, a positive difference. As you read this story, remember and feel for those who did not flinch in the face of evil, and because they did not, our world was saved as were the lives of the children and grand children unborn in the years to follow.