"That road to V-E Day was hard and long, and traveled by weary and valiant men. And history will always record where that road began. It began here, with the first footprints on the beaches of Normandy.""
WORLD WAR II GENERATION FADING QUIETLY AWAY
The men and women who fought to defeat Hitler, Mussolini and Japanese militarism are quickly and quietly passing away. In fact, most are already gone. Nearly 16 million American men and women enlisted in the military during World War II. Only a little more than 200,000 thousand are still known to be alive. And with more than 2500 of these veterans passing away each week, the veterans of World War II are fading fast. The figures give a sense of urgency to honor not only those who were called into action in World War II, but those who have served in other conflicts and are currently serving.