This Veterans Day was the 70th year since the end of World War II. So few are still alive to tell the tale. Tom Brokaw did his best with his book, “The Greatest Generation” but my sense is that it is no longer treated that way in our schools.
My father-in-law was a crew member on a B-17 at a time when they were flown without air cover against the Luftwaffe. His plane was shot down, but he and a few others survived in Stalags which moved frequently until the last day when they awoke and the Germans had left them to save themselves. My son has done more research, but even so there is absolutely no way for today’s generation to grasp and understand the sacrifices made by our fathers, grandfathers, brothers and uncles so that we can live as well as we do today. We owe so much.
The History Channel has been running special programming entitled, “World War II in Color” which is as close as we can get to seeing this with our own eyes. If the administrator of any Belleville Township High School or Middle School (public of Catholic) will contact me, I will buy the DVD of this program from history if they will make a sincere effort to show every student so they can understand that this country has a debt that they must pay by being sincerely interested in our future.
Joseph M. Reichert, Belleville
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