Opinion

Remembering a generation that helped save the world

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram 

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Most every generation is defined by at least one overarching event that brings with it a profound change to the status quo.

Today’s generation can look back at the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when almost 3,000 people were killed. It led to two wars and a fight against terrorism that has yet to be resolved.

 Two decades ago, Oklahoma City suffered a bombing that left 168 people dead, many of them children. That attack was a sobering reminder that our enemies aren’t always from foreign lands.

Baby boomers witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy on the streets of Dallas in 1963.

And the parents of the boomers, 74 years ago today, had their ears glued to the radio to get the latest news of the attack on the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, more than 1,000 were wounded and our Pacific fleet was decimated.

The common thread through all these events is that in the blink of an eye, the course of history was altered…

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