The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

June 2, 2014

Real American heroes

Kids’ lives these days are filled with superheroes who never did anything, because they never existed. Children know all the movies and all the superhuman strengths of such fictional characters, but I wonder how many grandfathers these days tell their “little men” of real American heroes who risked and gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.

As a grandfather, I am still far too young to remember World War II, but I grew up in a generation who revered those hundreds of thousands of men who won liberty for me in the generation before my own.

Do grandfathers today still tell their grandsons about Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge? Do they tell them of the bravery of American fly boys in B-17 bombers that attacked pickle-barrel targets in daylight bombing over Germany, risking their lives so that they would not bomb schools and hospitals by mistake?

June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy when thousands of our boys gave their lives to help liberate Europe and defeat Hitler. Those men are real American heroes, who with less than superhuman power were able to gain a foothold on Fortress Europa. They hit the beaches.  They lost their buddies. They climbed the cliffs and neutralized the entrenched guns. They died so that we could live free.

How many of our sons will thank God that He allowed these men to sacrifice their lives for us? How many American children will know enough to be thankful for our brave World War II heroes?

Dan Manka,

Fairmont, W.V.

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