December 7 is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II. Today, I find myself thinking about the men and women who answered the call of their country during that dark time in our history, and who have come to be known as "America’s Greatest Generation."
I think of men like my Dad, who went off to serve and fight and came home to build a life and raise a family. Today that generation grows smaller every day. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 740 World War II veterans die each day, and that the 16.1 million Americans who once served during those years has dwindled to 1.7 million.
I’m also thinking about all of the men and women who stayed at home and went to work in the factories and mills to make sure our brave fighting men and women had all the equipment needed to win the battles being waged.
The generation of my father fought not for fame and fortune, but because it was the right thing to do and because their nation called on them. And as remarkable as their achievements on the battlefronts were, in many ways, what they did when they returned home was even more so. They rebuilt America and set our nation on the course to be the respected world leader we are today.
On this anniversary, let’s join together and reaffirm that we will never forget the sacrifices made by this “Greatest Generation.”