Heroes Past and Present

Posted by Rebekka Quinn on 12/7/2015
Hi Everyone,

Seventy four years ago the United States entered World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.  There are fewer and fewer people that are alive today that remember that day - either those that were in the military or civilians.  The youngest military personnel at 18 years of age then would be 92 years old now.  Even civilians that were nine or ten years old then (a conscious age that knew what was going on) are now in their eighties.  Tom Brokaw called this the "Greatest Generation" in his book of the same name.

Most of us grew up with parents or grandparents that were directly impacted by the rising threat that started in Honolulu and spread to three continents during the War.  It was a conflict of epic proportions that resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of American lives - not to mention the casualties our allies incurred which were equally devastating.  This was a galvanizing moment in American history; everyone was on the same page because a way of life was at stake.  This greatest generation performed heroic feats both here and abroad and their sacrifices gave us a secure and prosperous country for decades after. 

As we remember this infamous day in history, we should also reflect on our current heroes.  Do they measure up to the sacrifices and accomplishments of the Greatest Generation?  We should all aspire to be as self-sacrificing and effective as they were and live up to the example they set for us all.

Have a great week!


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