I see an attempt today to divide us up generationally (as well as by gender.
race and socio-economic groups). I think this is a very bad thing: there are
good and bad in all generations, both genders, all races and socio-economic
groups. The best individuals will be accepted by God: he will sort them out.
The rest can change for the better if they so choose. It is not the
circumstances we find ourselves in that is most important; it is how we react to
A special thanks to all you guys, especially the Guadalcanal and Okinawa men. I
met one marine who went to Guadal and he never said a word about it. I give
thanks to ADM.Bull Halsey, who went back to pick up you marines in spite of his
The WWII generation appears even greater by contrast with the Baby Boomers who
followed them, the most self-interested, self-indulgent generation ever. (And
I'm one of them.) My parents' generation wasn't perfect, racism
being particularly prevalent among them, but their faults seem trivial compared
to their virtues--the exact opposite of their kids. America hit its zenith with
the Manhattan Project (regardless of what one thinks of our dropping atomic
bombs on Japan to end the war) and the Apollo lunar landings. Notwithstanding
the Internet, smartphones, HD televisions, etc., we don't have the will
anymore to solve the Big Problem, nor the smarts, even, to recognize it when we
see it. Our CO2 emissions will have changed the climate and raised the oceans
in 100 years? Pffft! What's that compared with complete financial
meltdown, and societal chaos on the order of a Bosnia or a Rwanda, in 10 years
if we keep running trillion-dollar annual budget deficits?
Thank you for your sacrifice it is to bad that even on a thread were
we have the chance to just honor the sacrifices of these great men and women
some see fit to use it as yet one more opportunity to bash those they disagree
My brother-in-law had 6 uncles on his mother's side and 5 uncles on his
dad's side, plus his dad, to serve in the armed services during WW2. Some
were officers and some were enlisted. Some were Democrats and some were
Republicans. All were Patriots and we thank them dearly.
The 1940 generation was the greatest generation of all in America. Today we
wouldn't have the will or leadership to defeat an Adolf Hitler. The country
today isn't even a shadow of what it once was. The decay in values - the
decay in morals - the turning away from God - the complete ignorance of Americas
past - the indifference to freedom - the desire for handouts instead of hard
work - the knee jerk victim rationalization. All these things show the sharp
decline in the United States since 1940. I'm not sure most people have a
clue how fast and far the US has fallen and how dangerous the reality of the
total loss of our freedoms are.
It is so sad that the "greatest Generation" is leaving the world in the
hands of the self-centered generation who will leave it in the hands of the
entitled generation. The world was saved because people could work together
against a real enemy not just a member of a differing political party. The
self-centered generation prefers destroying the country to prove a point rather
than compromise to accomplish results. Could the adults today wake up to the
aftermath of an attack and stand shoulder to shoulder with other Americans or
would they wait to hear what Rachel Maddow or Rush Limbaugh wanted them to do?
Would the generation unaccustomed to sacrifice be capable of rationing gas for a
war effort? Could love of country be demonstrated rather than just professed?
I look around and see a lot of people who want to take their country back from
their fellow Americans but no many who would storm Trenton with nothing but the
wind to support them. And the rising generation? They're too busy taking
selfies in front of their soccer trophies.
Don't worry southmtnman you'll never need to label yourselves the
"Greatest Generation", because we'll do it for you.What
is kind of tragic was the comment by one of the veterans in the story who said
something to the effect that "The reason I don't talk about it is
because I'm not sure anyone really wants to hear about it, and that maybe
it's just an old man talking about things that don't matter."I could spend a lifetime talking to these veterans and never get enough.
It's simply amazing what they endured.
You know, the real heroes say stuff like:"Those of us who are
part of "the Greatest Generation" recognize that we were just doing our
jobs. We would never be so presumptuous as to label ourselves "the Greatest
Generation". "THAT is what makes these fine men (and women)
truly the Greatest Generation. Thank you all for the freedoms enjoy
today. Us younger folks salute you for a job well done.
southmtnman, that's one of the reasons you were the greatest generation.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
Those of us who are part of "the Greatest Generation" recognize that we
were just doing our jobs. We would never be so presumptuous as to label
ourselves "the Greatest Generation".