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John deCausmeaker, Moorhead, letter: Pearl Harbor ignored in Forum's newsroom

I couldn't help but notice that on Dec. 7, the 65th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor, the final edition of The Forum made no mention of the historic "day of infamy," save for a small blurb on Page C6 regarding Gov. Tim...

I couldn't help but notice that on Dec. 7, the 65th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor, the final edition of The Forum made no mention of the historic "day of infamy," save for a small blurb on Page C6 regarding Gov. Tim Pawlenty asking that all U.S. and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff to commemorate the day.

As a U.S. Navy veteran who was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the mid-1990s ... as a person who has visited the USS Arizona Memorial and stood above the sunken battleship that to this day entombs many of the 1,177 crew members who died that day ... as an American, I am truly disappointed that The Forum did not commemorate the day in even some small way. More than 2,400 Americans lost their lives on that fateful Sunday morning, arguably the most important event of the 20th century.

Pictures of local survivors, maybe some interviews with those who remember the day, clippings from The Forum editions surrounding that day - these are just a few suggestions that could have sufficed.

I also couldn't help but notice that the very same day's edition of the Star Tribune remembered the day by posting a touching front page story about a Minnesota couple who got married the very day of the attacks.

I realize that front page space is hard to come by in today's news environment, but I found it insulting that on this day of remembrance The Forum thought it was more appropriate to put "America's Next Top Model" on the front page, even though she is a Fargo native, rather than doing a classy thing like the Star Tribune did and remember in some small way the sacrifice of those poor souls who lost their lives that day.

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