WWII: Who will remember?

Print Article

Thank you Michael Anderson for your June 8 “My Turn” article. I’ve been filled with emotion as “some” of us have celebrated in honor the history and lives of those who served and fought during World War II, especially on D-Day. Your story is important and concerning. Your uncles lived through that horrific history and passed on golden nuggets of experiences. What they did for you was far more important than they may have understood.

The sad part is why I said “some” of us have celebrated in honor. I say that because there were 291,557 battle deaths, let alone 113,842 in service non-battle deaths and 670,846 non-mortal wounded, and there are fewer than 497,000 veterans from World War II living. We are losing about 500 a year.

After they are gone, along with those who suffered and died during World War II, so too will the appreciation, respect and awareness of how devastating it would have been if they had not given their all. The fact that you wrote your thoughts in “My Turn” and I’m responding is one drop in the ocean of freedom that has been retained for us all because of their sacrifices.

I’m 72. My dad fought in World War II, and he told me stories as well. You and I are a lucky few. Sadly, this generation for the most part has no interest, appreciation or understanding of what could have been lost. I fear history may repeat itself while educational institutions and teachers are censoring that part of our history.

JERRY MARTIN

Post Falls

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

INSPIRED: A team called America

July 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press On Thursday, as I was watching the Fourth of July Parade at 10th and Sherman with my daughters-in-law and granddaughter, the Coeur d’Alene High School Cheer Squad and football players passed by. The ...

Comments

Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Thinking is believing

July 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Gordon Sanders, you say yes put myself and others “in the spotlight,” as though you were a cop and we were the villains in the dead of night. In fact, you have just given us center stage. (Congrats t...

Comments

Read More

WHITEHEAD: Eminently qualified

July 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press In response to “Jones exits sheriff’s race, backs Norris,” there were three notable quotes by Mr. Jones. First, that Norris is most qualified because he “managed contracts for the L.A. County Sheriff...

Comments

Read More

FIREWORKS: Echoes of painful celebrations

July 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press This is for those selfish people who light their unnecessary fireworks, not just firecrackers, days before and after the 4th. The asinine and macho behavior that “Hey, it’s the holiday, just celebra...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X