So I had to go to the Post Office on December 7th and I had to get in line to mail something out. In front of me were two people that were in front of me. Being nosy this is the conversation I overheard:
“Did you see the flag?” said one guy in jeans and a sweatshirt.
“No, is something up with the flag?”, the other guy asked as he played on his phone.
“Yeah, it’s at half mast and I have no idea why”, the guy said with a bit of frustration in his voice.
“Really? Someone important must have died. I wonder who it was”, the other guy replied.
“I didn’t hear anything about someone dying”the first guy said,” You think it was a celebrity?”
“Dude, I’ll just look it up on my phone”, the second guy said as he scrolled on his phone.
A few minutes of looking later the guys seemed stumped. The both agreed that it must have been some celebrity that died and were speculating on who it could be when I could stand it no longer.
“It’s Pearl Harbor Day! That’s why the flag is at half mast”, I said to them.
They both turned to me with puzzled looks on their faces.
“Pearl Harbor has a day?” one guy said
“But it’s in Hawaii”, the phone guy added.
“Yes, it is in Hawaii and it has a day. Today is Pearl Harbor day and therefore the flags at half mast in honor of those who died today 69 years ago”, I said trying to figure out how this very simple explanation could possibly be so confusing to them.
“Maybe in Hawaii it is” one guy scoffed and then turned to walk to the postal worker teller that had just become available. As they walked away I could hear them still pondering the flags status.
I am very concerned about the education in America……