Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Thoughts on People from WWII and Today

I have been doing a lot of reading about World War II recently, and the citizens of that time really should be admired for the sacrifices they were willing to make.  People had limits on amounts of milk, gasoline, and other items we take for granted today in order to help with the war effort.  As I read in "Flags of Our Fathers", during a Northeastern Women's basketball game, they stopped the game so all of the players, referees, and fans could look for one lost bobby pin that could be used for scrap metal to help in the war effort.  People were lining up to sign up to serve to protect their country, and people that couldn't sign up were willing to work long days in factories to build essential equipment for the war.  The amount of effort the average citizen was willing to put in is something that everybody should respect, and should be something that we should strive for today.

There can be many parallels drawn between the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center tragedy.  Both of these events were terrorist attacks on American soil, and both of these events drew the United States to war.  These two events were the most deadly attacks on American soil in the past 100 years.  There is one big difference between these two attacks:  after Pearl Harbor, almost all Americans were happy to give up some comfort in order to help their country.  Today the average American has not given up anything in order to help their country, with the exception of those brave enough to enlist or re-enlist after the 9/11 tragedy.  People today would whine if they were asked to buy a little less milk, or use less gas, or to give up metal items like bobby pins in order to help the war effort.

We live in a time where everything we have is taken for granted, and we feel that everything we enjoy comes in unlimited amounts.  Compared to the brave people that lived in the 1930's and 1940's, we are spoiled as a country, and I would like to see this change.  We have honorable men and women overseas giving their lives in the defense of our country, and even if you don't want to sign up for the service, we should all do our part to help in the war effort.  Voulenteer at your local USO or buy items like baby wipes or soap to send to Soldiers overseas.  When you see a Soldier or veteran, shake their hand and say thank you for serving.  Little acts like these mean a lot to our brave men and women serving, and whether you agree with the war or not, you should care about the well-being of these men and women.

Share this message with everybody you know, and please visit the link below for a list of items to donate for our troops with directions for where to send them.

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