Wednesday is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated America’s entry in to World War II. As hard as it is to comprehend that means a soldier or sailor who was just 20 years old on that Day of Infamy – as President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7 in 1941 – is 90 today.
It means that we are rapidly losing the men and women of our Greatest Generation as Tom Brokaw nicknamed the men and women who lived through the Great Depression and World War II and were the parents to those we call The Baby Boom Generation.
On Memorial Day, July 4, and Veteran’s Day we stop and honor our Veterans and what they have done for us with ceremonies and parades.
Here’s a call for another way to honor, not just our elderly Veterans, but our elderly who lived through those times – talk to them.
And we don’t mean just Veterans of WWII. We urge readers who are lucky enough to have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or friends and neighbors who are in their 80s and 90s, Veterans or not, to ask them about their lives and memories.
Talk to them, but more importantly, listen to them.
It is estimated that 900 WWII Vets die every day, that only 1 in 8 of the 16,000,000 who served are still living and they will be gone within as little as 8 years.
It will be too late to hear their stories when that time comes.
So record those stories if you can. And if you do let us know about them.