Last weekend in many different places there was a celebration called the Spirit of 45. It was in honor of the anniversary of the end of WWII and especially was honoring the veteran’s from that war. I am a veteran myself and along with the hospice I work for here in San Diego County, CA I got to be part of a ceremony partnering with the VA to give Honor our Veteran’s pins and plaques to about 30 WWII veteran’s at one of the nursing home facilities we have patient’s in. The following is a tribute I wrote and read at this ceremony.
The Greatest Generation
You have been called
“The Greatest Generation.”
Not because you were superheroes or saints.
But because you ordinary people
from all cultures and walks of life,
Rich to poor, white collar and blue,
from the city and the country
answered the call.
You set the bar
for stepping up to the plate.
Out of your young lives,
out from your families,
often for years at a time.
We honor your duty,
your courage, your faith.
That caused you to go, to suffer, to sacrifice
and endure the horrors of war.
But also we honor you because
you came back home
to love , to work, to create,
to raise your families..
To build this country into the greatest nation on earth.
Our nation like you is not great
because it is perfect and never fails,
but because despite this
it, like you, picks itself up and continues to go forward
with determination and generosity of spirit.
You are our heros
because you did what needed to be done
despite the cost.
This is the heritage you have given us.
This is why we salute you and
those of your fellow comrades in arms
who are no longer with us.
Whether from falling on the battlefields
or falling later in life.
You are the Greatest Generation.
Chaplain Apreva Hospice
Spirit of 45