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- At Pearl Harbor, I once witnessed an extraordinary act of repentance, of sorrow, and of honor. I was standing in the white-arched memorial above the USS Arizona among a gathering of clergy and spouses of a church tour group that I was leading. One minister from our group had been there on December 7th, 1945 when the Japanese stealthily flew in to sink our Pacific Naval Fleet. As I listened to his vivid descriptions of the horrors of being aboard a flaming and sinking vessel (not the Arizona) as bullets flew and bombs roared, I chanced to see a Japanese tourist stoically entering the Memorial. The man's fine clothes, his long tie, his buttoned sports jacket, and shined brown shoes attracted my eye. In Hawaii, lawyers, corporate executives, soldiers and ministers seldom, if ever, wear ties or jackets. Even network television news anchors wear open-collared Aloha shirts. This man, dressed as he was, must have had a purpose. Along with him walked two others, whom I took to be his wife and an older daughter, both dressed conservatively and with fancy shoes.
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