Skip to comments.The Greatest Generation (67th anniversary of Normandy)
Posted on 07/07/2011 6:56:22 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
It truly was the opportunity of a lifetime. From June 1-8 thanks to an invitation from The Greatest Generations Foundation headquartered in Denver, I accompanied twelve World War II veterans for a visit to Normandy during the 67th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion. For many of these veterans, it was the first time they had been back to Normandy since the June 6, 1944 invasion by the allies.
As expected, it was an enormously emotional experience. We crossed the English Channel by ferry from London arriving at dawn with the beaches of Normandy in front of us, creating a visual familiar to the veterans, and a stark so-this-is-where-it-all-happened image for the rest of us.
Malvin Walker was among the first dumped on Omaha beach that morning with the 29th Infantry Division. Joe Scida was operating one of the Higgins boats, the flat bottomed transports with a drawbridge front door navigating through eight foot waves. They spoke of the thundering of the German guns and the relentless shelling overhead from the U.S. and British ships in the Channel, the bullets zinging everywhere, the stench of the smoke, their comrades falling, drowning, screaming, the surf and the sand on the beaches turned red from blood.
Tech Sergeant Don Allen operated a "half track" - an m16 tank with five 50 caliber machine guns. Entering via Omaha beach, Don helped liberate Carentan, one of the first towns to be freed in Normandy, then worked to clear the infamous Normandy hedgerows of German snipers, and fought throughout Europe eventually serving as part of the occupation forces in Berlin.
(Excerpt) Read more at alineofsight.com ...
Tim Davis, CEO of The Greatest Generation Foundation, and Bob Beauprez at an overlook on Pointe du Hoc (Photo Courtesy of John Riedy Photography)
The Greatest Generation was the zeroth generation. The Founder’s generation was the greatest in human history and there’s just no disputing that.
Yes, the accomplishment of the Founder’s was incredible and without precedent.
But, can you imagine the world had it not been for the “Greatest” Generation? We don’t goose-step and cringe as subjects only because of them.
Now, for you to describe the Greatest Generation as the “zeroth” generation is just WRONG. They have nothing to do with “Zero” (Obozo).
If we’d had the same media in the 40’s we have today, we’d all be speaking German.....
God Bless the brave men and women who helped save freedom in WW2 ...
Amazing how that misnomer has spread like wildfire thanks to Brokaw.
The WWII generation made incredible sacrifices and saved us from destruction from external forces.
Then they came home and made political decisions that set us up for destruction from within.
They enslaved half the world under communism, turned the western world into a permanent armed camp and created the all powerful federal government in America. They destroyed Western Civilization, and destroyed America, forever.
I'm sorry, but I don't know how to say that in Spainish for the post 1965 Americans.
Nope, those “political decisions” were made by FDR and administration prior to and during WWII. The soldiers returned from that conflict and just wanted to be able to live their lives in peace. My father was one of them.
The foothold for the Socialist destruction of the U.S. and the destruction of the freedom of the citizens were put in place during the Great Depression.
Blind bureaucracy continues on that path, the little petty bureaucrats not having a clue where they are taking us, they are just doing what they are told to do. (heard that before, “just taking orders”?)
My does it take a long time to see the fruit of a tree.
The WWII generation grew up in the depression. Most of them believed the myth that FDR saved the country from the depression.
Yes, the Yalta Accord was a terrible mistake. But, NO they did not enslave but liberated far far more than would have been the case had they not made the sacrifices they made. You disrespect their accomplishments. I know too many of them to do that.
Most of them? Where?
The myths about FDR were made by propaganda. But, the last time I looked the drift toward socialism is a lot more accomplished in Minn. than here in TX. (My mother grew up on the Iron Range around Hibbing and went to school in Duluth) Generalities seldom are very inclusive.
Generalities seldom are very inclusive.
True. My WWII gen father grew up in Duluth but never bought the FDR lies. Outlier.
I will stand by my assertion that the proposition that FDR saved the country from the depression was treated as common knowledge, almost self evident, by and large through the country for most of my life.
Do you really think that only that generation could have won the war? Do you really think that it took a “President for Life” to help the world overcome Germany and Japan, did the fascist “President forever” really need to create the leftist dream that he did as a result?
Is it true that the German soldier was vastly superior to our “greatest generation” killing us and the Brits at a much higher rate, during that war?
The result of WWII was the end of the United States and Western Civilization.
The older I get, and as I realize that the West and America will never recover, the more I realize that the American left did not fight that war in a way in which it advanced us, but instead, it advanced the left. The left used the aftermath of that war to restructure American government and culture and created who we are today, a totally different country that is changing into something else so rapidly that none of us even dare speculate what we will be in 30 years, and 50 years from now, but we know that it will only faintly resemble the pre WWII America, using many of the same names for places and such, the constitution will no longer apply, or be remembered, except by scholars and historians, it will not restrain future Americans because in their culture, it will have no meaning or usefulness.
I don't "disrespect" "generations", but when someone tries labeling one "the greatest generation", then we are forced to respond to that in like terms.
I did not choose the title of the article. Posted it as I found it, as per the rules.
I found it interesting and moving.
Sorry you did not like it.
I didn’t mean to be posting to you like you were the author.
“Greatest Generation” was a designation created by the left, and it denigrates the founding generations that were truly the greatest as they literally carved out a nation with their bare hands and sacrificed their children and wives to horrible torture and death, and starvation and disease, with no backing, and no known future or end result.
The “Greatest Generation (s)” is loved by the left, there are reasons for that, and looking at the fatal conquest of America by the international left from 1935 to 1980 pretty much explains it.
I will buy your explanation of the use of the phrase.
If you look at the bio or the author of the article, you will find he is not a leftie. He was 2 times a Republican Congressman and a candidate for Governor of Colorado. Evidently he did not make the connection either.
The connection is not self evident.
He chooses to use the bizarre term invented by Tom Brokaw and embraced by the rest of the media.
They were not the “greatest generation” what kind of people even use language like that describing a living generation?
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