Mr. Alan Brouilette’s letter (July 18, 2018) compels me to write. I am over 95 years old, a WWII vet (’43-’46), and a member of the Oak Park Friends Meeting (Quakers) since 1970.
There were some 16 million of us in uniform. Now about 600,000 remain. We are apparently dying off at the rate of 1,200 per day. I am very much handicapped, but I do not appreciate his (a parent’s) sarcasm that the so-called “Greatest Generation” is “incapacitated, possibly from an overdose of patting themselves on the back.”
I cannot speak for other WWII vets, I do not belong to any vets organizations, but I do not pat myself on my back. Military service then seemed to me a necessary response to Nazism and Fascism. My continuing regret is that the victory did not bring about the widespread peace many of us expected or hoped for. Some may call us naïve. But if people continue to tear themselves apart by violent means, do we want to continue on this path to a possible WWIII?
Let me add this about my and ensuing generations: I, for one, and my wife of 88, have never whined about our children, three daughters, or grandchildren, one in the states and two in France, Mr. Brouilette. If people of one generation whine about their children — why aren’t they like us? — such people are blinkered, smug. Many parents and grandparents, like my wife and myself, are simply hopeful that our offspring will lead useful lives, and we give them what encouragement we can with our love.
Editor’s note: In last week’s letter [Remembering the OP Community Organization, Viewpoints, Feb. 27], John Shipley referred to a woman who was active in Austin preventing redlining. Bobbie Raymond wrote in to say she believes that person was Gail Cincotta.