Don't forget our veterans

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I was delighted to read the Feb. 24 letter “Remember the Red Ball Express,” sent by Sherri Jones Rivers. While Black History Month is over, we should nevertheless remember the service and sacrifices of all our servicemen and women in World War II more often.

There were other African-American soldiers who contributed to that war – i.e., the 761st Tank Battalion, which served in Europe with the 26th Infantry Division; and, as we are all familiar with, the Tuskegee Airmen.

I was a young child during World War II and had a brother who served in the U.S. Navy, having been drafted while still a senior in high school. Our patriotism during those war years was a great part of our lives. We would huddle together around small radios for any news that might let us know any little scrap of information about how the war was going. Our parents would work at what were called “war plants,” doing jobs that would support the troops. We rationed sugar, coffee, gas, tires, etc., so that there would be more of these items available to go to our troops. We didn’t buy new shoes; we resoled the ones we had – they needed the leather.

If you will look at your children’s homework, you
will no doubt learn there is little or no mention of World War II. This is the war that saved not only our country, but the world. Imperfect as the world may be at times, it was sure worth saving. It was saved by all of us: black, white, American Indians and immigrants, male and female.

I had the good fortune in recent years to work for the nonprofit Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. Since 1981 this organization has recruited Bulge veterans, their families and historians in an effort to see that this pivotal battle is never forgotten. It taught me so much about the “Greatest Generation.” If you would like to learn more about this battle, there is a wealth of information on their website, You might also mention it to your children.

Nancy Monson


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soapy_725 03/08/13 - 09:36 am
What happened to that "our country" mentality?

All for one and one for all. It must have been another government lie? The blacks we see talking about the greatest generation do not include themselves. They appear, as do 21st century blacks, as some sort of pawns in the white man's plans. So were they proud to serve or not? Did they view themselves as saving an America they now say keeps them in slavery?

Accepting and participating in the American Dream must have been just that, a dream. A white dream and a black dream.

Anglo Protestant Work Ethic brings America to the pinnacle of world superiority. Where will Black Liberation Theology take us?

If America was so bad, why did not more Africans return to Liberia? The passage was free. The repatriation was free. What part of FREE do we not understand? Diversity Training tells us that the best and greatest minds of the Dark Continent were brought to America. So why did these minds not want to return to the homeland?

grinder48 03/08/13 - 02:38 pm
Great Letter !

Thank you Ms. Monson. In more recent wars, the people "back home" are oblivious to the war ... life goes on as usual, as if nothing were going on, while young men and women are killed and maimed so people "back home" can run around partying, playing golf, going to movies, etc. In WWII, when people rationed, stomped cans to be recycled, planted victory gardens, etc., everyone sacrified for the cause and were continuously reminded of the war. War is a terrible thing and we all need to at least stay aware and show gratitide for our warriors, both past and present.

dstewartsr 03/08/13 - 07:09 pm
This was brought to mind

... thinking of today's politicians:

I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?

R. Kipling

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