Wednesday, June 13, 2007

In Memory

One of the ‘Greatest Generation’ that gave so much to so many has become fewer.

My father-in law, Lt. Calvin A. Peacock, passed away late yesterday afternoon. He was 89 and one of the greatest generations this planet has ever seen. What made him and his generation so great?

Was it his service and the self-sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of his generation to free the world from fascist tyranny?

Or was it his un-selfish generosity of rebuilding the world after its defeat while making no demands of homage from those who followed and prospered economically, politically, and culturally because of his generation’s sacrifices?

Or perhaps it was his strength steeled during the Depression Years that forged responsible adults and not whimpering victims?

Or was it his courage to face and defeat a second global tyranny in the form of communism by not bending to the perennial appeasers that were ever present throughout the lives of his generation?

Or perhaps it was his loyalty shown to not just his country but his commitment to his marriage of over 60 years and instilling a set of values in a child that who in turn cares for those in crisis and need?

All these and more made him and his generation one of greatness.

His values of self-respect, personal responsibility and the delight in the celebration of the rituals of life are hallmarks of a great generation. We will not soon see a generation like his pass this way again.

He will be deeply missed by his family.

His generation will be sorely missed by us all.

2 Comments:

  • WC,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss.
    Our prays go out to you and your family.
    God Bless you
    Rockdog & Friend

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 PM  

  • WC,
    My heartfelt sympathy.

    Having lost both my parents, I know that this is a tough time.

    And you've written such a wonderful tribute!

    By Blogger Always On Watch, at 2:56 PM  

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