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Remembering War and Angels

Remembering War and Angels

“Isn’t it wonderful that none of us need wait a moment before starting to change the world.” ~ Anne Frank (1929 - 1945) Every year, on September 11th, we tell ourselves, and we tell each other. We post it as our status and beneath images of our national symbols. “Never forget.” But what do you remember? __________________________________ It was January 1991 when I boarded a plane headed for Maui. With me were my employer, his wife, and the rest of our dental staff; a chairside assistant several years older than my 27 years, and a dental hygienist just barely out of college. ​We were all looking forward to eight days in paradise, even if the price was sitting in continuing education seminars for half a day most of the days we were there. But I had something a little more serious on my mind. ​ ​I’d guess we were somewhere over the western edge of Colorado when I said, “Historically speaking, Hawaii isn’t the best place to be in times like these.” Beside me, Dr. Wiklund, who had gone straight from passing his dental boards to patching faces back together in Vietnam, nodded and looked away, toward the little boxes of blue and white that formed our outside view of the world. I knew his mind was turning in much the direction mine was; we weren’t officially at war, in fact, there had been no declared war in my lifetime. But we were racing in that direction. And while the conflict wasn’t likely to reach Pearl Harbor or any other part of U.S. soil, with the commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day only...