The greatest generation

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“Faith in God was not a casual part of the lives of the World War II generation. The men and women who went off to war, or stayed home volunteer that their spiritual beliefs helped them cope with the constant presence of possible death, serious injury, or the other anxieties attendant to the disruptions brought on by war (Brokaw, p. 55).” There is a saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” “The very nature of war prompted many who participated in it to think more deeply about God and their relationship to a higher being once they returned home (Brokaw, p. 55).”

Brokaw summarizes,

“When the war was over, the men and women who had been involved, in uniform and in civilian capacities, joined in joyous and short-lived celebrations, then immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They were mature beyond their years, tempered by what they had been through, disciplined by their military training and sacrifices. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. They stayed true to their values of personal responsibility, duty, honor, and faith (Brokaw, pgs. XIX, XX).”

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