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The last of the WWII Great Generation.

Updated on January 23, 2014

Sunsets are no excuse to lose our fortitude.

This is the view from Coronado the home of over one thousand Commanders widows. I know these streets and some widows.
This is the view from Coronado the home of over one thousand Commanders widows. I know these streets and some widows. | Source

We are not divined to be good we must work at it.

There is a lost generation of women here. Sorry but there is. Women whose husbands served in WWII and yet have turned from those ideals and morals. Oh we just think of lost generations as children. But that is a false truth.


There is a whole group of women who have lost their way. I do not know all the answers and I do not know all the solutions but let us address the issue.

Let us go back in time.

They used to say, "Don't tread on me" now the say whoa to me.

It is not acceptable to give up convictions and morals -- ever
It is not acceptable to give up convictions and morals -- ever | Source

These sources are first hand and true.

My neighbor lady owes us about 150$. She is old and a widower. She owns her home free and clear and has a son and a daughter in law that live with her and they both work full time. She gets a full pension from her husbands military and then civil service and she gets Social Security. She is not hurting financially. In fact she does well. Her husband was a real WWII Vet. Her German accent remains after near 70 years in this country.

Her trees were breaking down power and utility/communication lines to both our homes. We paid to get them "shortened". She agreed to pay I/4 because life was so tough for her. Job done. Power and communications lines saved and trees healthy and trimmed.

I will have to go to her and ask for her share.

My momma a world war 2 nurse stateside would never ever have allowed that neighbor bill to be unpaid. She would have gathered two to four of us kids with her to show the honor of paying a neighbor for an agreement.

My neighbor lady's husband would never be asked to pay a bill to a neighbor. NO WAY. It would be done ahead of request.

What happened to this generation of greats? Why would widowers forsake the moral fiber that was their husband and their life?

Let us look at the change.

Is our whole country for sale?

What can cause such catastrophic defeat of a nation's people?
What can cause such catastrophic defeat of a nation's people? | Source

If I cannot take my child to my elder to learn values -- where the heck should I go?

I cannot say what turns these women but I know it happens more than just for my neighbor lady. My closest thing now to a mom gossips about it with my wife. I know I cannot speak Vietnamese but I can understand most when they are on the phone. And my mom in law speaks of these ladies like they are sick and disillusion.

Maybe war is closer to that country and memory is more compelling.

Why would a woman raised and married for forty years start not paying bills to a neighbor. I know from discussion she pays all her corporate bills and taxes. So why would a neighbor be different.

I will tell you why!

The flower of pride has been picked from them, we are to blame.

We are to blame and damn it we are to blame.

We forgot them. Long time ago. I hate myself for not loving them more. Ancient men gather in VFW halls and raise a toast. Who the hell ever raises a toast to these women? Our debt is now forgiven for the stupid ass trees. But my debt to them cannot be washed away so easily. What the heck is the matter with me. These women are forgotten and invisible for our debt to them too much to repays so we ignore it.

Well not mine. My mother in law took food to a concentration camp to feed dad in law and left my wife in the hands of sisters or what we call second moms. He was decorated by the US Green Berets but nobody ever decorated her.

We must go next door or a few down and find these people that helped provide for our country and our way of life. Do not ask them to change or forgive. Just give. Our forgotten mothers and wives of our heroes.


I love you, Mom and Mom in Law!

I do not just love you for being here and there for me. I love you for always being here and there for them. And I super thank you for being here and there for my country. I could not hold my children in freedom and I could not speak of free speech or our right to bear arms or be free if you were not here supporting our fathers and fathers before them.

Amen to your service and a pox on me home for not being there more for you. I know that by grace I am worthy to be a child of God and by accident to be a child of freedom but I am not worthy to clean your sandal.

I vow to do better by you and to hold you up in the respect you deserve.

Yes I am writing this from "fighter town USA" and yes heroes abound here but never so much as you.

Can you do this for me?

Can you go hug a Vets widow today?

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Let me "at ease" and conclude and police my thoughts.

I will be who I am and I shall try to be proud of that. But I cannot be more proud of my elder ladies to whom I owe such a debt.

A special call to Christians. We do not do much ancestor worship. Perhaps we should more. They say to honor mother and father. I think that that means these women. Open up a heart and give some love for that is the least they deserve in our honor

Angels do come at us.

Are you ready to accept the love and love the angels and get over your issues and realize how much greater are theirs?
Are you ready to accept the love and love the angels and get over your issues and realize how much greater are theirs? | Source

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Kathleen my wife even works on base at the Naval Exchange so it is our honor to honor them.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Glad to hear it. Wish I still lived close to a post with soldiers and their families. Thanks for thanking them for me. For us.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well out here San Diego way all you have to do is walk around the block and you can thank as many as you like. So we will thank them today.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      At military banquets they do toasts. They start with the President of the United States. Before the last one, they ask the officers to seat their partners, then they do the final toast, "to the ladies." Well, they don't do that toast any more. Times have changed. We used to joke that a departing commander always thanked his wife at the end of his speech, right before he thanked his dog.

      This generation of spouses, both sexes, have made more sacrifices in the last 14 years than most of us will make in our entire lives. They've done it so we wouldn't have to. How do you say thank you often enough or loud enough for something like that?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And if we are given a thing, what have we but a thing, but if we are given love what have we but a piece of God? And in that piece what then??

      Goodness be with you my friend.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      It's such a nice way to write about something as simple as a debt, and to cast it on the background of the fact that this woman is the wife of a war veteran. As they say, pay it forward, and forward and forward.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our hearts must reflect our respect we have for such people. Sometimes I blame the cold hearts, but sometimes we must look to place the blame on ourselves for making them cold.

      XOXOX Sparlea

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      Sparklea 

      4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Eric, I agree with MsDora...there is POWER in a written letter. Your writing is super creative and you will know exactly what to say.

      Don't get me started on morals. I miss the times I was growing up, they were much simpler times. No technology addictions, or the laziness and complacency that exists in our culture today.

      That being said there are still many, many good people in our world today. God bless, Sparklea :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, this is a bit of a "bad news - good news" story. You are so right about writing that letter, that is another part of our old ways.

      Thank you

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, write a love letter to your neighbor with a PS reminder. Suppose she forgot? She is at that age, you know. Anyway, I agree with you that morals are not as important as they used to be. Yes, we must thank our ancestors who instilled good life values in us. You gave me lots to think about here. Thank you.

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