Thursday, December 08, 2005

Greatest Generation Disappearing. Last Chance to Say THANK YOU!

Mike's America has been proud to share some of the tributes to our troops in Iraq. My favorite has always been "Until Then". The producers of that tribute have many more at this page. Recently, Flopping Aces and A Rose By Any Other Name set me unto this one: "If I Die Before You Wake."

But it wasn't until today that I received this reminder of the sacrifice and service from our greatest generation: the brave men and women who died not by the thousands, but by the hundreds of thousands to win World War II. With the 64th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor just passed it's time to think again of the dwindling numbers of heroes who made that VICTORY and peace possible. Without their courage and sacrifice, it's doubtful any of us would be here today to debate what are by comparison minor skirmishes

Before You Go

(turn on your PC's sound)

Our nation of 133,402,471 before the war began suffered the tremendous loss of 417,200 dead during the course of the war.

More than 2,400 Americans lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. 1,465 died on the beaches of Normandy, D-Day, June 6, 1944. 19,000 died during the Battle of the Bulge, which began at dawn on December 16,1944. 7,000 American Marines died in the Battle of Iwo Jima, February to March 1945.

1346 days passed from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Japan's agreeing to surrender on August 14, 1945 (formal surrender September 2). That averages to 310 Americans killed each and every day in a nation with significantly less than half the population of today.

Thanks GOD we had a nation united for VICTORY all those years ago. The cost was high, but the benefits of freedom have been priceless.

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