Americans today can’t understand what they went through seventy years ago. Adults of that generation had just survived an economic depression which left almost a third of the population under nourished. Pearl Harbor shattered their hope of invulnerability and isolation. Initial battles in the Pacific and Africa shattered their imagined invincibility.
By June 7, 1944 the war was almost won, but the sacrifices made at home and in the field changed America forever. We have been living on that moral capital since.
To the few of that generation still alive, we owe a debt of gratitude.