I was 12 years old.....in 7th grade. I was proud to be a citizen of this great country. It seemed to me that everyone in our small Pennsylvania town was conscious of the war effort, every waking moment, since December 7th, 1941. Every defense product manufacturer in the whole county was going 24/7, mostly with women workers. All of our Boy Scout troops ran weekly tin can and newspaper collection drives, and we all lived with gasoline and meat rationing stamps. I never heard an adult complain about rationing. You could not buy a new tire, unless you were doing something that was "essential" to the war effort. We were always reminded of the REAL sacrifices by looking at the service flags in the front windows of the homes----Blue stars for each person now serving, and if a star turned to Gold, you knew we all lost another hero.
We knew the invasion of Europe was imminent, and the longer we waited, the more tense we got, You could FEEL the tension and anxiety. The religious leaders did what they could to help, but it was difficult.......and our town was no different from the thousands of other communities, large and small all over the nation.
I remember the first radio broadcast news of the D-Day landings, and the mixed feeling of relief and then fear that even 150,000 of our Allied forces might not be enough. But --y'all know the rest of the story. Even though he is basically a liberal, I believe Mr. Brokaw should be commended for his contribution--to remind us about "The Greatest Generation". It should remind us also that we are no less threatened now, than we were then.
I thank the Almighty for that Greatest Generation, and I pray that he leads us in developing ANOTHER , because if we do not, we may very well be speaking arabic or farsi, and practicing
"Laugh so hard, that even 'Sorrow' smiles at you. Live life so well, that even 'Death' loves to see you alive". (author unknown) "....would someone please show this poor asshole the way out of town?"....Avram Belinsky, the "Frisco Kid".
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