Friday, September 21, 2007

Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters...

This Sunday, MPT will bring you Ken Burns' highly anticipated new World War II documentary The War. This is a huge production for the PBS system and one that will draw huge viewership, I’m sure. It is beautifully done and well worth investing your time to watch the seven-part series.

On a personal level, it is even more poignant as I have a son who is a Navy pilot currently flying over Iraq. Although I am well aware these two wars are from entirely different generations of technology, watching footage from The War cements in my mind that it takes individual efforts to achieve results. It’s not a faceless, mass endeavor but rather fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters who are all away from their loved ones, giving their hearts and souls to retain the freedoms that those of us here enjoy daily.

So while you are watching, please give thought to those who are still answering the call of duty. The participants from World War II have been referred to as the “Greatest Generation” and I don’t disagree. But those who are participating now deserve the same respect.

Sue Vanskiver
Sr. Administrative Assistant, Content

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