"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.""

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THE WORLD WAR II GENERATION FADING QUIETLY AWAY

We're seeing the World War II generation -- the so-called Greatest Generation -- fade into history before our eyes. World War II veterans typically are in their 90s now; those still here won't be with us much longer. We know that from history. Of the 16 million Americans that served in World War II, only a little more than 350,000 thousand are still 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.

If your a veteran of World War II and would like to return to Normandy, France (ETO) or Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (PTO) on a program underwritten by The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, please contact the Foundation via email today. 

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"NO event in American HISTORY is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now."

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AMERICA - ITS TIME TO RISE-UP AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR VIETNAM VETERANS

It's time for our CITIZENS to step up and acknowledge all that our Vietnam veterans have done for this country. We, as a nation, have, through the sacrifice of our veterans and military members, incurred a solemn obligation to support them in every way possible now and into the future. We must remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we must remember those who were prepared to make that ultimate sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty. Most of all, we must remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble but forgotten war. We must embrace the heroes of Vietnam; their dedication and sacrifice must never be forgotten and the promises made to this nation’s heroes must be fully and faithfully honored - this program is for them. 

OUR PROGRAMS BACK TO VIETNAM

Return to Vietnam Initiative vindicates the timeless principles of peace and justice in the world by raising awareness of the selfless courage all Vietnam war veterans exercised when they were called to duty, in hopes that future generations will recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War and to never forget their sacrifices or those who were left behind.

Our momentous programs back to Veteran will be used:

  1. To provide veterans of Vietnam with the opportunity to revisit their past fields of battle, thereby gaining closure and putting to rest some of the memories they have wrestled with for decades;
  2. To provide the essential tools to help encourage and promote peace and reconciliation by connecting Allied soldiers with former NVA soldiers and local citizens through various educational initiatives developed by the Foundation;
  3. To educate youth and future generations about the meaning of duty, honor and sacrifice, as was defined and defended by these veteran’s many decades ago;
  4. To provide a platform for veterans to share their stories which will serve to accomplish goals 1, 2 and 3 that will help bridge the intergenerational gap throughout the world to honor and remember the 58,220 Americans that paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

"NO matter how long it will take us to OVERCOME this premeditated invasion, the AMERICAN people will through their righteous might will win to absolute VICTORY."

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR - DECEMBER 07, 1941:

Japan's December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and six other military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu that precipitated America's entry into World War II, a global conflict. Pearl Harbor endures as a symbol of American resilience and resolve, and the annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor fosters reflection, remembrance, and understanding.

REMEMBERING THE PAST:

The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is an opportunity to honor the sacrifice and dedication of our "Greatest Generation" both civilian and military, they endured incredible sacrifices on December 7, 1941, the "date which will live in infamy." It would thrust America into World War II, changing Hawaii and America forever and continues to define their place in the world. The events of that date triggered our resolve as a nation, our can-do attitude and resourcefulness and an unmatched commitment to the defense of freedom.

INSPIRING THE FUTURE THROUGH DUTY | HONOR | COUNTRY

Understanding past events and their consequences can inspire reverence for an emotional commitment to peaceful solutions to conflict. How do we help future generations chart their way toward peace and prosperity? A key focus of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be to bridge the gap between our generations to better understand and learn directly from those that endured December 07.

THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR PARTNERS

The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation wishes to acknowledge GREAT CLIPS for championing the opportunity to support the return of 30 Pearl Harbor survivors back to the Hawaiian Islands to pay homage and recognize the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. As a united ‘brand’, we also want to thank THE WINNICK FOUNDATION, HILTON HAWAIIAN HOTEL, MATSON, ADP, AMERICAN AIRLINES and FOX NETWORK for their ongoing support to the Foundation in recognizing the short window of time left with these American HEROES. Together, we will pay tribute to those who sacrificed dearly for their country and for freedom, should know that the gratitude we all share, should be bestowed upon them and their generation’s sacrifices, while also documenting their legacies so future generations may better know how their love of country changed the course of humanity.

Cunard Cruise Lines pays tribute to the GREATEST GENERATION and Their WORLD WAR II Triumph

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In the last, triumphant months of World War II, young Americans won their nation’s greatest victory or victories. For the war, they won was a world war, a conflict fought on two very different fronts in two very different ways. In Europe, the battle-tested troops who had landed in Normandy on D-Day fought their way onto Adolf Hitler’s doorstep, then crossed the Rhine and brought down the Nazis thousand-year Reich. Meanwhile, across the Pacific, sailors, Marines and airmen teamed up to invade a series of crucial islands Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa rolling back a tough Japanese enemy and paving the way for the surprising end of the war with the dropping of an atom bomb on Hiroshima.

Millions of men and women were involved in this tumultuous journey through adversity and achievement, despair and triumph. Certainly, there were those who failed to measure up, but taken this generation did have a "rendezvous with destiny" that went well beyond the outsized expectations of President Roosevelt when he first issued that call to duty in 1936. The stories that follow represent the lives of some of them. Each is distinctive and yet reflective of the common experiences of that trying time and this generation of greatness. Join us on this historic journey to pay homage to the Greatest Generation and Their World War II Triumph.

SPEAKER MICKEY GANITCH 

On the morning of Dec 7, Mickey Ganitch was preparing for a football game against the USS Arizona team. His team, from the USS Pennsylvania, was geared up and ready to play. When the attack hit, still wearing his pads and rearing to go Mickey made his way up to the crow’s nest, still wearing his pads and watching as the battle unfolded. 

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On June 06, 1944, Staymates landed on Omaha beach in D-Day's first wave, German machine-gun fire hammered on the door of Staymates’ landing craft as it approached easy-red sector which puts Staymates on a prominent branch of history's tree, when it was like to supervise the unit that guarded the 21 highest-ranking Nazi officers involved in the Nuremberg Trials.

SPEAKER DOUG DILLARD 

Dillard made his first combat jump on August 15, 1944, in the South of France when he was just 17. His unit fought throughout Southern France before moving up to join the fight in the Battle of the Bulge, where the conditions were so brutal and quarters so tight that at one point, Dillard said the famous words, "Lieutenant Durkee, who's buried over there, he yelled to fix bayonets and let's go."  

SPEAKER JACK HOLDER 

After survivor the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jack Holder went on to fly missions all over the Pacific theater. He flew 34 missions over the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal, where he from 6,000ft witnessed Japanese Commanding General Yamamoto’s plane shot down. Holder also fought in a crucial victory at the Battle of Midway.

SPEAKER STUART HEADLEY

On the morning of December 7, 1941, out of nowhere, the attack began. Japanese fighters and torpedo bombers poured over the horizon, intent on the destruction of the U.S. Pacific fleet. With the West Virginia reeling from the blows it had received, Headley continued to fight in nearly 13 battles aboard the USS. San Francisco, including Bougainville, New Guinea and the Battle of Guadalcanal.

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In the late hours of June 5, 1944, Joseph Reilly and the 101st Airborne Division took off from Merryfield Airport, England at 22:45. All units flew across the English Channel and were set to drop into Normandy, five hours prior to the seaborne landing.  Reilly and the 501st drop zones were north and east of Carentan near Utah Beach.