We should never diminish the sacrifices that any of our military personnel have made on behalf of our country, especially those who have served in combat roles.
The fact that they are willing to do so is a measure of their valor and dedication to our nation.
Yet those who fought in World War II did so under somewhat different circumstances.
For one thing, there was a draft, so it wasn’t a matter of deciding whether you would go to war or not. You got the call, you went.
For another thing, the nation was still struggling to recover from the Great Depression, so economic suffering was very real to many.
So we might find it strange to learn that due to family responsibilities followed by compulsory military service that a man somehow missed out on graduating from high school.
Yet that is exactly what happened with one WWII vet, something that has now been rectified.
From Fox News:
“A 97-year-old World War II veteran received his high school diploma Sunday during a special celebration in South Philadelphia.
After being forced to leave high school to support his family during his junior year, Leuzzi said he was drafted as a teen to fight in World War II.
A decorated veteran with two purple hearts and four bronze star medals, Leuzzi has now added a high school diploma to his collection.”
That illustrates very well the hardships that these Americans were not only enduring, but over which they were triumphing.
“The Philadelphia School District gave him his honorary diploma on Sunday during the celebration, where he was surrounded by family and friends.
“When asked if he was going to college, he told WPVI, ‘Yeah, might as well, I don’t have anything else to do.'”
And he’ll probably do it, too.
See, guys like this used to be everywhere; the doers, the ambitious people, the patriots who believed in their country and hard work, who frowned on slovenly sloth that infests the world today.
Liberals are quick to slam anyone who calls them “the greatest generation” but in point of fact, in so many ways, they absolutely WERE the greatest.
Believe it or not, there was a time when the U.S. actually moved and moved fast. People got dressed to go out in public, were embarrassed if they needed any sort of assistance, and believed in family.
You simply cannot find a much better attitude toward life than Leuzzi displays. Congratulations on your accomplishments and thank you for your service to our country.
Source: Fox News