I want to encourage you to read John Kass’s reflection on D-Day, World War II, and the men who fought in it in his Chicago Tribune column. It certainly tallies with my experience. I grew up surrounded by men who’d fought in the war. They didn’t want to talk about it. They wanted to get on with their lives.
All the more reason for us to talk about it. Now that 75 years have passed we should be able to do so without either the wartime propaganda or the Cold War propaganda. Our fathers or, for many of you, grandfathers acquitted themselves well. We have not done as well. We have made a lot of bad decisions. It’s not too late to start making good decisions.