Remembering a quiet Sunday

It was the Greatest Generation's 9/11.

Adults and children old enough to remember can tell you where they were when they heard the news of the Japanese bombing of the United States naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.

Then and today, it was a quiet Sunday morning.

The number of sailors, soldiers and Marines who survived the surprise attack at dawn that killed 2,400 people -- 900 are still buried in the harbor with the USS Arizona -- is dwindling now. A 2013 estimate put the number at 2,500 to 3,000, so today there may be 2,000 such souls left and maybe less than a handful in the tri-state area.

The act precipitated the country's entry in World War II just as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, prompted the United States to answer the war on terrorism that extremist Islamist groups had begun.