Academic journal article Military Review

The Greatest Generation Speaks: Father's Day: Now and Forever

Academic journal article Military Review

The Greatest Generation Speaks: Father's Day: Now and Forever

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THE GREATEST GENERATION SPEAKS: Father's Day: Now and Forever, Tom Brokaw, New Video, NY, 2001, 50 minutes, VHS, $14.95.

Television journalist Tom Brokaw begins the documentary The Greatest Generation Speaks: Father's Day: Now and Forever by asking, "What is the greatest generation leaving behind? What do they want us to remember?" The real question should be, "What do we have a responsibility to remember about the Greatest Generation?" That is what the video provides. From Baby Boomers to Generations X and Y, today's society has a responsibility to those who went before. The documentary gives us three things to remember: values, work ethic, and joy for life.

The first vignette provides insight into the emotions of a daughter whose father died during the war. She enlists the help of a researcher and learns that her dad was a hero. In fact, she is able to meet one of her father's comrades who claims that her father saved his life. The knowledge of the way her father lived gives the daughter a strength and pride she had not felt before. Because her father was honorable, courageous, selfless, and honest, she feels she can be that way too and can handle anything life puts in her path. …

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