World War II vets still 'the greatest' [Letter]

September 15, 2014

Recently a friend and I had a stopover at Philadelphia International Airport, and as we walked toward our terminal gate we saw a commotion ahead with American flags and the sound of applause. To my delight, it turned out to be a group of World War II veterans returning from a convention in Florida.

One of the veterans' peers announced to the crowd the branch in which each man served; to our surprise, a few of them had served in as many as three branches.

Most of the veterans were wheelchair-bound, but about 10 to 15 of them brought up the rear sans assistance. All of them basked humbly in the moment as people stepped forward to shake their hands.

I looked around and saw tears in the eyes of many in the crowd, including myself. Tom Brokaw was right when he call the WW II vets America's "Greatest Generation." For the first time in my life, I felt I was in the presence of greatness.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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