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The Greatest Generation

**VIDEO**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

There is a generation of real heroes leaving this world faster than we know.

We call them the Greatest Generation of military veterans. 

Freeing the world from totalitarianism by defeating Germany
and Japan, the fortunate ones who survived returned home to
their families and built the United States into a superpower
after World War II. 

They didn’t complain about the sacrifice and hardships endured.  They didn’t dwell on the trauma and ugliness of war.  They just did their job.  It was one long hard slog of duty.

This spare and simple video consists of old Kodachrome slides and personal film footage honoring the WWII-era servicemen and servicewomen and the loved ones they left behind.  They are men and women who served in the most difficult and complex of times, yet prevailed as the world was thrown into chaos.

The bare-bones recording of We’ll Meet Again was made by Vera Lynn as German bombs fell upon the civilian populace of Britain in 1940; the genuine sadness in her voice reflected the uncertain mood of a nation preparing itself for war.

If you know of a World War II veteran, a Korean War Veteran, a Vietnam Veteran, or any Veteran for that matter– embrace them.

Ask them to speak so you can listen to their stories.  Having a world of knowledge and experience to offer, these brave American patriots have a lifetime of lessons and wisdom but only if we take the time to listen and learn.

Listen and learn.  And say I love you to those you care about.  Life is much shorter than anyone realizes.

 

 

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