November 10, 2006
The Greatest Generation Day
It is Veterans Day, although the offical day is tomorrow. For me, though, that holiday is about those born between 1912 and 1932 (give or take): the Greatest Generation. They are my parents, my parents' friends and the parents of other baby boomers like me--my models growing up in Maryland, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. They got us through the Depression and World War II, and rebuilt the American economy, with genuine courage, hard work and class. Ironically, the WWII generation spawned children who, with the best intentions, rebelled against the very prosperity of the 1950s and 1960s which had freed boomers to learn and brandish great ideas--and in time to invent and innovate. But our parents knew loss and sacrifice followed by a new stability. No whining, self-pity or blaming. I think of them as the quietly strong. Today, every day, we can salute them.
Posted by JD Hull at November 10, 2006 11:59 PM