Where is the commitment the Greatest Generation once showed?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

It’s hard to believe that it’s the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Now we have a failing Iraq and our longest war in Afghanistan not won, topped off with the emergence of ISIS. The Greatest Generation would handled the last 13 years with more dedication and positive results. We mobilized after Pearl Harbor, why not now?

I recall some of my mother’s 2010 words as to how crazy she felt the lack of commitment was after 11 Sept., 2001. On the infamous Pearl Harbor Sunday, mother called her good friend Peach Drum stating she wanted to go to work for Peach’s father General Drum, commander of Fort Hamilton. So it was straight to Fort Hamilton the next morning after my mother quit jobs including modeling in New York City. A year later she was in the USO with her sisters, helping servicemen on Cape Cod.

Our country mobilized then. Now it’s crazy. I do not understand what has happened to people. The morning of the World Trade Center attack my mother, a stroke victim, had fire in her heart wanting to go to the city. She had such energy that morning and I told her stay strong.

Volunteers were turned away as bureaucracy kicked in to haunt those sincere individuals who ran to the cause. I was one and told my mother it’s complicated because in the 21st Century people lose focus easily, not like in 1941.

While people joined up after 9/11, some perishing in Iraq or Afghanistan, mother’s questions still have great merit. What will happen to our country when most look the other way?

My father, who saw action in North Africa and Europe with my mother, felt the everyday stressing of individuals who sacrificed and made contributions for their country and fellow citizens would help strengthen the country and increase the moral fiber that binds our great United States.

We need to improve our citizens’ idealism and commitment to again show our greatness to the world and put fear into the likes of ISIS.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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