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Voice: Have you earned the right to be tired of World War II vets?

June 29, 2001

I am not a World War II veteran, but my father is. Reading the remarks published in your paper by individuals who were "sick and tired of the World War II generation" was sad and disturbing.

Perhaps these same individuals are sick and tired of the freedoms and lifestyle they now enjoy as a result of the immense sacrifice of all Americans in WW II.

I do not believe it can be disputed that the world would have been a very evil place had not the United States people had the courage and will to prosecute and emerge victorious in both the Pacific and European theaters in that war.

Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers lost their lives in that war and even more American fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, wives and children felt the pain of those deaths. That generation of Americans deserves the utmost respect and honor.

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At the end of the movie "Saving Private Ryan" a severely wounded and dying Capt. Miller tells a very young Pvt. Ryan to "earn" what the death of nearly all of Miller's men had given to him.

To all of the individuals who are "sick and tired of the World War II generation" I ask, HAVE YOU EARNED IT?

BLAINE R. SMITH

Brawley

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