Listening to the “Greatest Generation”

September 9, 2015 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

I caught this a few days late, but I thought this op-ed by Penn State College of Comm instructor Boaz Dvir was very much worth sharing. His piece, published last week in the Las Vegas Sun on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, highlights the lessons he learned from veterans while working on the PBS documentary A Wing and a Prayer. The full, hour-long documentary is available on YouTube, and you can check out a short trailer for the film below:

Dvir notes that every WWII anniversary now serves as “a reminder that that our days of gleaning wisdom directly from the Greatest Generation are numbered.” It’s a harsh truth that I know many of us can appreciate: My grandfather, who served as an Army Air Force ball turret gunner in B-17s over Germany, turns 90 this year. I try to treasure the chances I’ve had to talk to him about the war, and about life, and I’m glad for any reminder to do so.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

 

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