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Pearl Harbor Day beacon lighting returns to Mount Diablo

Original post made on Nov 29, 2022

The beacon that has sat atop Mount Diablo since its installation before World War II is set to be illuminated next week in remembrance of the start of the United States' involvement in the war.

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Comments (8)

Posted by Harrison Tamaki
a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2022 at 12:07 pm

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This commemorative beacon lighting is unecessary as California was never invaded by Imperial Japanese forces during World War II.

Meanwhile, countless loyal Japanese-Americans were incarcerated in wrongful internment camps for the duration of the war.

This beacon is a symbol of xenophobia and racism.


Posted by Jack Hazzard
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 7, 2022 at 9:21 pm

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I’m not sure I follow your logic. How does it make a difference whether or not they invaded California? It is a remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and those who survived it. The beacon was turned off to prevent the possibility of it being used as a navigation landmark for enemy bombers ,the same way there were city wide blackouts for the same reason. Whether those bombing runs ultimately did or did not occur is irrelevant.
But Japan did carry out military attacks in Santa Barbara and Oregon. A Japanese bomb killed a pregnant woman and five children in Oregon. There were plans for a naval invasion at Ten Mile Beach in Mendocino County, as well as plans for an invasion of the Pacific Northwest by way of British Columbia. The level of armament of the American populace was a major concern.
Also, there were internment camps for Germans as well. German-Americans were attacked during ww1. Is that racist? Is remembering those who died on 9/11 racist and xenophobic?
“War is Hell” and a lot of effed up stuff happens, get over it and move on.


Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 18, 2022 at 12:53 pm

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Harrison, may I suggest you read up on the meaning of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It's to remember the 2,403 people who were killed when Pearl Harbor was attacked.


Posted by Roger Massey
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 23, 2022 at 12:34 pm

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The attack on Pearl Harbor was triggered by U.S. economic sanctions imposed upon Imperial Japan to curtail their expansionism in SE Asia.

Right or wrong, whatever transpired is now a part of past history and hopefully mankind has learned a harsh lesson.


Posted by Mary Lange
a resident of Danville
on Dec 23, 2022 at 1:36 pm

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Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were American tragedies but at least we can count on Japan nowadays as a friend of America.

The same cannot be said for most of the Muslim world.


Posted by Len Carlson
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 24, 2022 at 8:48 am

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Why not leave the beacon light on at night permanently as a symbol of American freedom and vigilance?


Posted by Mildred Decker
a resident of Danville
on Dec 24, 2022 at 10:30 am

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The Mt. Diablo beacon is a symbol of American freedom and should continue to shine brightly as a message to the rest of the global community that America is still the greatest country in the world despite various demographic changes.

Why else would it continue to attract immigrants, both legal and illegal?


Posted by Fred Jackson
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2022 at 12:45 pm

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This beacon should also shine as an illuminated symbol against racism in America.


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