Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Greatest Generation


The ‘Greatest Generation’ that gave so much, to so many, is becoming so few. 

What made this generation so great?

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

Or was it the 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 this generation’s sacrifices?

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

Or was it the 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 this generation?

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

All these and more made this generation one of greatness.

The 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 this pass this way again.

4 Comments:

  • Interesting list. We probably should be doing most of the things on it.

    By Blogger J. Hank Rearden, at 10:03 PM  

  • All those brave young men, so earnestly seeking to preserve freedom and to overthrow the Nazi regime!

    I don't think America today has the same spirit at all. So sad for America and, ultimately, for the rest of the world.

    By Blogger Always On Watch, at 7:00 AM  

  • As a child of two people who were part of "The Greatest Generation", I can honestly say that I live by and completely espouse all that I learned from them. In my own way, I carry the torch lit by them and as a teacher I hope to pass it on to my children and students. If others do the same, perhaps in we can keep the flame alive.

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