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This piece was originally written in 2005 to share with my hospice team for Memorial Day. As we honor our veterans today, I thought it would be good to share it with you. Yesterday, I did another funeral for one of these fine men, a friend who served in the Navy in both WWII and Korea. As we stood in the brilliant sun of an Indian summer afternoon, heard the crack of the rifles, the plaintive melody of taps, watched old soldiers fold the flag and whisper their grateful words to a grieving family, it struck me afresh that we are witnessing a significant changing of the guard.
These elders, who experienced nearly all the fantastic movements and changes of the 20th century are passing from us. I have read reports that as many as 1500 a day are passing on. Who will take their place?
Who will tell their stories? Who will celebrate their lives? One of the most delightful and humbling things I have experienced as a hospice chaplain has been the privilege of visiting with a number of World War II veterans. I have met people who were actually present at places that have mythical status in our American memory: Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, and others.
This generation will soon have passed on, and it may be that we shall not see their like again. Now, let it be said that I am certainly no fan of war. I represent a generation from which many have consistently raised loud protests against the folly and immorality of unjustified uses of force. I have sympathized with and joined those voices many times.
Nevertheless, there is little doubt in my mind that WWII was a just and necessary war, and that those who answered the call to combat the evils that then threatened the world were true heroes. Now we have the privilege of serving them at the end of their days. Brokaw told the stories of ordinary men and women whose lives were forever changed by their experiences, and who forever changed the world by their extraordinary contributions.
On this Veterans Day, I can do no better than quote his words describing them. These men and women came of age in the Great Depression, when economic despair hovered over the land like a plague.
They had watched their parents lose their businesses, their farms, their jobs, their hopes. They had learned to accept a future that played out one day at a time Then, just as there was a glimmer of economic recovery, war exploded across Europe and Asia.
When Pearl Harbor made it irrefutably clear that America was not a fortress, this generation was summoned to the parade ground and told to train for war. They left their ranches in Sully County, South Dakota, their jobs on the main street of Americus, Georgia, they gave up their place on the assembly lines in Detroit and in the ranks of Wall Street, they quit school or went from cap and gown directly into uniform. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting, often hand to hand, in the most primitive conditions possible, across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria.
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