RALEIGH, N.C. — It began final 12 months in Harrison Johnson’s third-grade class after he was assigned a mission on Pearl Harbor. To say the 9-year-old was fascinated by the 1941 occasion can be an understatement.
“I needed to know a lot about it that I actually needed to expertise it, I actually needed to really feel it,” Johnson mentioned.
Johnson even satisfied his household to make a journey to the Pearl Harbor Nationwide Memorial in Hawaii. It was an expertise that piqued his curiosity much more, particularly when he bought a number of souvenirs on the reward store.
“[I got] books, different newspapers, pins, and a documentary in regards to the Pearl Harbor Memorial,” he mentioned.
Whereas most youngsters watch tv or play video video games after college, Johnson has his personal homework. He has raised near $20,000 for his basis, referred to as Harrison’s Heroes.
All funds go to a nonprofit that helps the Pearl Harbor Nationwide Memorial.
“It’s so vital simply to know in regards to the historic occasion, so that individuals know in regards to the devastating penalties of conflict,” Johnson mentioned.
Johnson needs youngsters in all places to be impressed by historical past and study its heroes. And what higher instance of heroism and sacrifice, he mentioned, than Pearl Harbor?
“All the time keep in mind the women and men that died within the Pearl Harbor assault,” he mentioned.
Proper now, Johnson’s aim is to lift $100,000.
All proceeds go to the nonprofit Pacific Historic Parks, which supplies training, interpretive packages and analysis for the Pearl Harbor Nationwide Memorial.