Dear Whiny Safe Space Demanding Millenials

There was NO safe space here. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day invasion of Normandy. 

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You wonder how such an invasion could take place today what with so many young people offended by chalk or white authors or gender names. We owe these fighting men a HUGE HUGE debt of gratitude.

I bet if you asked 100 millennials on the street, NOT A ONE would know what D-Day was, when it was, and what we fought for.

Speaking of millennials, one Twitter feed I follow is called The Skimm – their tweets are meant to give millennials the news of the day in bits that their tender ears can absorb. Not really NEWS mind you, kind of TMZ meets CNN. Here’s today’s Skimm, WITH NO MENTION OF D-DAY AT ALL. It’s no wonder millennials haven’t a clue what WWII is. Sad sad sad. PS: No offense meant to the Skimm writers other than they are typical of how millennials think about themselves, their generation, their needs.

 

My dad did not fight in WWII. I do remember he said many times wanted to fly for the Air Force, his love of airplanes drew him in that direction, but his eyesight was not 20/20. Because he was an engineer, his profession was considered valuable in terms of helping the war effort making bomb materials but later in his life, he was lucky enough to see what it would have been like to be an Air Force war pilot when he was offered a ride in an F-15 (?) …and loved every second. He was most proud that he (a) didn’t throw up and (b) didn’t pass out!

To any of you whose father or grandfather fought, this is your day.

UPDATE: This is how Google acknowledges D-Day. Nothing. Nada. Zippo. No surprise but extraordinarily pathetic. I HATE that I use Google as much as I do.

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13 thoughts on “Dear Whiny Safe Space Demanding Millenials

  1. My father fought in WWII, although not at the invasion of Normandy. Like most men his age, he never talked about the war, never wanted any praise. He did, up until his death, remain good friends with many of his Army buddies – they had an unbreakable bond that even my mother didn’t understand. Thanks for remembering EOS.

    How did your father get to fly in a fighter plane?

    1. No, the thanks goes to your father!

      My dad worked at the Pentagon at some point in his career – it was that title that gave him the privilege of going up with one of the Navy fighters. I have to go look at the photos to see if it was an F-15 or higher. I even have his flight suit from that day. He was like a kid in a candy shop!

  2. My grandfather fought and like Peter said, he never wanted to talk about the war but he did tell me he always felt he was part of a team with the goal of defending America against the enemy. The scope of the invasion was enormous and the site of the burial grounds in France after the invasion is a sight that will take your breath away. My parents took my aging and ailing 97 year old grandfather to the shores of France to tour the battleground sites and he was overwhelmed – not with sorrow, but with pride for what his fellow servicemen did to save America. He died very recently and was given a full military funeral. I am young enough (36) that I will never serve in a war but that doesn’t mean I don’t have respect for those before me who did fight.

    Today Obama will honor the beginning of Ramadan. I prefer to look back at the great Ronald Reagan speech honoring D-day. A true patritic American president.

    1. Anon, thanks for the remembrances of your grandfather and also the Reagan video. This is what O is doing today

      10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
      4:24 pm || Honors the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos; Rose Garden

  3. It’s the end of the day and O has not made one remark about D-Day. It’s DISGUSTING. He probably feels there are so few WWII vets alive, they aren’t worth mentioning – after all, they probably vote republican anyway. If I were young enough to be a protester, I’d march to the WH and march and complain about O’s lack of respect for our vets – all vets, not just WWII.

    My grandfather fought. Like the others have said, he was very proud of his service and we were proud of his heroism that earned him a Purple Heart. He refused to acknowledge it was a big deal because he was just a regular guy doing what was expected of him during war time.

    1. Mom, thanks for your grandfathers story. I think most men felt the same being just regular men doing what they were asked to do.
      Excellent analysis of why O didn’t make a public comment about D-Day. I concur.

  4. Thanks for that link, watched it with the boys. Then we started watching/listening to Anne Frank. The little guy was getting upset watching, but seems to like her actual words more.

    My dad was in the Air Force reserves, but it was before I was born. We didn’t hear much about it, as it was in between wars in the 1950’s. He did have some handguns for the Detroit riots, but being a girl I was not privy to touch or hear the stories. 😒

    (Interesting woodpecker repellents–too bad they all look so awful. I guess you only need them briefly )

    1. Do you have a specific history curriculum for the boys – American and World? And do you have a segment just on major wars? I had the best best best best history teachers in high school. Do good in fact I actually paid attention – something other teachers told me was not my strong suit. 😁
      Interesting that your dad kept guns for the riots. I knew they were bad.
      I don’t know if the woodpecker repellents are only needed briefly. I guess they are always needed if you have an all wood or log home. Although that’s a guess.

  5. We are taking a classical approach to history (most subjects, actually). We are on a three year rotation. This year has been ancients and next year will be medeival. We covered American and modern history last year and will cover each again as we cycle through. We read (a lot!), try to take lots of relavent field trips and watch some documentaries. There is a book series called The Story of the World written by Susan Wise Bauer (who brought the classical education model to homeschooling) that is really great. It has a workbook/project book that has loads of relative art projects, comprehension quizzes and map work (we don’t do many crafty type projects because well….boys, I guess. I end up doing most of the work). We did mummify and bury a chicken in a sarcophagus last fall😎

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