I remember that day in August 1945. The war was over. We were all in “for the duration.” It was not a ‘perpetual war.’ With the war over, so was our commitment to war.
It started as just another day at the bomber base I was attached to. No sailors around. They were always a strange bunch to those of us in the army. They dressed ‘funny.’ I had just passed my 21st birthday on the second of August. We would be free at last, free from the armed services, that is.
That was the same day that Alfred Eisenstaedt snapped his famous picture of “the kiss.” The woman in that picture, a nurse exactly my age, just died. The Yahoo News story about her brought tears to my eyes, not just the picture itself, but in reading the comments.
I was touched by the fact that virtually all of the comments to that article were by people who were too young to be in that war. Yet they showed cognizance of how that time heralded in an era of decency in this country that does not exist today. How we have thrown away the simplicity and care of FDR’s post-war America and replaced it with greed and hatred of others.
We are now in a war with no end, and leaders with no sense of seeking peace, only more war. Back in 1945, we did not think we were “exceptional.” We were just happy for peace!
To me and the 700,000 WWII vets still alive, that day is a still special day. 9/11, however, is not. It does not mark a day of success or even a day of peace. To me, it is a day of infamy by the Saudis and our leaders who blithely support them.
Read the comments and tell us how YOU feel.