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Honor 'the Greatest Generation' by Remembering Them

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, May 28, 2001

Honor 'the Greatest Generation' by Remembering Them

It is getting more difficult to honor on Memorial Day people who were known for putting their country and others before themselves. That is such a foreign notion today. In our self-indulgence, we have a hard time relating to the other-indulgent.

NBC's Tom Brokaw has done a wonderful thing by publishing his series of three books about The Greatest Generation. His latest is called An Album of Memories. It is filled with letters from veterans, their spouses, children and grandchildren and it has plenty of pictures of the World war II era.

I highly recommend it, not only as a gift for those who lived through World War II, but also for those who didn't. It is a reminder, and a needed one, as to the price others paid so that we might be free. We must never forget that, for their sakes and for our own. Someday, we might be called upon to make such sacrifices again. Will we be ready? They were. Read the Brokaw books and find out why they were ready and what we need to do to make sure we are ready should the call ever come again. By remembering, we honor them.