by Crystal Kupper,
I’ve heard the stories, I’ve read the first-hand accounts, I’ve watched the movies and I’ve cried over the images. Your generation — so young, so green, so full of promise — literally stopped evil in its tracks.
|My grandpa, James Elton Lanier, U.S. Navy|
|4 Generations of Riddles, starting with my Grandpa Dale, former U.S. Navy|
So today, as I watch the news and see what state our country is in, I cringe. And from the bottom of my heart, I want to apologize.I am sorry that your own nation now barricades you from your own memorial.I am sorry that you are being used as a political pawn in a fight that most of you have zero control over.
I am sorry that your sacrifices have been forgotten by a generation obsessed with their own comfort.
I am sorry that today’s young people do not emulate their grandparents’ commitment to marriage, choosing to ditch their vows because modern society elevates “following your heart” over fixing what’s broken.
I am sorry that this country does not value its most vulnerable citizens the way you did when you liberated Europe’s concentration camps.
I am sorry that in today’s world a real man is seen not as someone who protects and provides for his family like you did, but someone who pays for his girlfriend’s abortion or child support.
I am sorry that so many of you sit alone in nursing homes with little companionship because the rest of us are too busy.
I am sorry that patriotism and dissent are now seen as suspicious.
I am sorry that hard work is now seen as optional, and personal responsibility and moral absolutes to be mocked.
I am sorry that so many know more about the battle between Kimmel and Kanye than the Battle of Iwo Jima.
|Grandpa Dale receiving a medal at a VFW ceremony for his service|
And for that, I am sorry.
A Grateful Granddaughter