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Remembering, honoring Pearl Harbor and Pacific Theater Veterans

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- This Saturday will mark the 73rd anniversary of "A Day That Will Live in Infamy" - the Imperial Japanese Navy bombings at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that commenced just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941.

As you may know, more than 2,000 Americans were killed and more than 1,000 were injured, in the sneak attack that propelled the United States into World War II.

Friday, Dec. 5, at 9:30 a.m., the Air Force Technical Applications Center will host its annual ceremony honoring Pearl Harbor survivors at the Tides Collocated Club.

This very important service will mark the 19th Annual Pearl Harbor and 3rd Annual Pacific Theater Veterans Ceremony that AFTAC will be conducting to honor all service members who endured the attacks on Hawaii - and also for the hundreds of thousands who later served in Korea and Vietnam.

It is right that we do this as a meaningful reminder of all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

And it's another reminder -- seven-plus decades removed - of all the men and women in uniform today, serving their country now as unselfishly as the heroes we are honoring at this event.

We take our collective hats off to AFTAC for making this happen - it's yet another example of how well Team Patrick-Cape continues to work - and grow - together.

Changing gears, I want to foot stomp something that's not always easy to talk about - Holiday Depression.

I want you to know - and shout it from the rooftops - that we have very qualified and immensely caring people assigned to our 45th Medical Group who can offer insight and assistance in combatting something we all know exists.

Pretending holiday depression doesn't exist for some of our Wingmen serves no purpose other than perpetuating the problem.

So please, reach out to anyone (The "Big A") who you think might need a little pick-me-up this time of year.

Trust me; when people know that they have others in their lives who care for themĀ  -- genuinely care about what's going on in their lives -- it can make all the difference in the world.

So please, step up to the plate and be a difference maker. It's what teams -- and good teammates -- do.

Stay Focused, Sharks!