December 7, 2016 Edition

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Looking back 75 years later

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan," stated President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his radio address as he asked for a war declaration. Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and our relations with Japan and Axis powers in Europe have long since healed.

However, survivors have felt the responsibility to talk about it ever since, and the sentiment of many is that "freedom isn't free" and that too often, the message is forgotten.

Pictures of the Past

Julia Mae Green took this photograph of the Hoxie Elementary School while it was still smoking from a devastating fire. Built in 1908 at the corner of Lindsey and Lawrence Streets, it had been heavily damaged by tornadoes in 1913 and 1927 and was destroyed by this fire 75 years ago in December of 1941. About three weeks later, the high school was also destroyed by a fire of suspicious causes. The two-story white house at the far right is still standing today at 302 Southwest Lawrence. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of Jim Green

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