Defending America: They heeded the call

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    July 4, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    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 those situations.

  • Rabbi McMoe Sonoma, CA
    July 4, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    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 orders.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    July 4, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    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?

  • intervention slc, UT
    July 4, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    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 with.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    July 3, 2014 10:48 p.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:43 p.m.

    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.

  • truth_avenger Lehi, UT
    July 3, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    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.

  • booyakashaw Murray, UT
    July 3, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 3, 2014 6:56 p.m.

    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.

  • cs85 Orem, UT
    July 3, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    southmtnman, that's one of the reasons you were the greatest generation. Thank you for your sacrifice.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    July 3, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    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".