Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

Remembering that ‘Day of Infamy’.  A calm December morning, 70 years ago today.  From the peaceful sanctity of space, the beautiful Hawaiian Islands are like jewels in the azure sea.  Oahu in the center, and if you zoom in, you can see Pearl Harbor on Oahu’s southern shore.  I often wonder what kind of world we would have today…had that December morning been quiet and peaceful…just like any other.

I can tell you that no one prays harder for peace than a soldier.  And, in the words of a great American soldier:

“I wish for you temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease.  That from your heart springs a sense of wonder.  The unfailing hope of ‘what next’?  And the joy and inspiration of life.”

A day and many souls remembered.  A solemn prayer for grace and peace in our time.

All was calm
On that December day,
Planes silently coming in
From far away.

From out of the clouds
Planes flew in the air,
Dropping bombs
From everywhere.

Many were still sleeping
In their beds,
While enemy planes
Were flying overhead.

The lives of the lost
Are still being remembered,
Relatives left behind
Their hearts and souls still battered.

- Cynthia Jones

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1636 days ago

Remembering that ‘Day of Infamy’. A calm December morning, 70 years ago today. From the peaceful sanctity of space, the beautiful Hawaiian Islands are like jewels in the azure sea. Oahu in the center, and if you zoom in, you can see Pearl Harbor on Oahu’s southern shore. I often wonder what kind of world we would have today…had that December morning been quiet and peaceful…just like any other.

I can tell you that no one prays harder for peace than a soldier. And, in the words of a great American soldier:

“I wish for you temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease. That from your heart springs a sense of wonder. The unfailing hope of ‘what next’? And the joy and inspiration of life.”

A day and many souls remembered. A solemn prayer for grace and peace in our time.

All was calm
On that December day,
Planes silently coming in
From far away.

From out of the clouds
Planes flew in the air,
Dropping bombs
From everywhere.

Many were still sleeping
In their beds,
While enemy planes
Were flying overhead.

The lives of the lost
Are still being remembered,
Relatives left behind
Their hearts and souls still battered.

- Cynthia Jones

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Allemancaste 1619 days ago

Hello Astro_Wheels awesome pic, profile me!$

PC0101 1623 days ago

You see how much the world has changed when you think what happened just 70 years ago. A war there ... unimaginable now.

Kikucchi 1635 days ago

Amen! #perlharbor!

Abilnar2NUMLTRG 1636 days ago

THATS A LONG FALL. TRUST ME I KNOW!

Abilnar2NUMLTRG 1636 days ago

THATS A NICE BLUE SKY!

feebsmom 1636 days ago

Soldiers pray for peace -- but so do their mothers, believe me!

AnaMSanPer 1636 days ago

Yes, no one prays harder for peace than a soldier.