Magazine article America in WWII

A National WWII Day. Now!

Magazine article America in WWII

A National WWII Day. Now!

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I'M NOT a WWII VETERAN, nor did I tough out life on the home front. I never kneaded color into margarine, never fell to my knees praying as a kamikaze screamed overhead. My connection to World War II, however, is still personal. I am connected to it by people.

Those people--Mom and Dad, aunts and uncles--were all WWII folk. Whenever they talked about the old days, especially the war, I soaked it up. From Mom, I heard about the margarine. Dad told stories of flying on medium bombers in Europe. Uncle Leo was at Pearl Harbor's Hickam Field on December 7, and my Seabee uncle Butch was the one praying beneath the kamikaze.

My kids have WWII connections, too. They have known my mom (who still has moxie at 82), my late dad, and some of my aunts and uncles. But their kids will know maybe one or two very old WWII people, and their grandkids won't know any. That's when World War II will officially slip into the past.

That will be a dangerous moment. For too many people, World War II will become remote and irrelevant, a faint and fading impression. But the conflict that rewired the world and opened the door to our modern era is too important for such a fate. Isn't there something we can do to make sure Americans don't forget about World War II?

Yes there is! Right now, thanks to the nonprofit Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive (www.spiritof45.org), there is a proposal in the US House of Representatives to create a permanent national WWII day of remembrance. House Concurrent Resolution 226 would establish Spirit of '45 Day on the second Sunday of every August, near V-J Day. …

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