Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2002

My friend Byron went up the cliffs of Normandy on D Day. He's in his 80s. Saturday morning he told me, "Brad, all the people I know are dead now."

He is an old citizen-warrior, one of those whom our nation is thanking once again, while we have the opportunity. There will never be another group of war veterans like those who defended freedom in World War II. There can't be. The nature of war has changed during our lifetime. There'll be no more bomber raids on Germany, strafing of French hedgerows, no more trench warfare.

We have moved toward unmanned Predators, GPS smart bombs, remote sensing, satellite this, electronic that. To some of our new generation, their war will have the appearance of a video game.

Our American veterans who are departing now with their entire generation, honored themselves by their conduct and accomplishments. Weapons and tactics change across the centuries: core values remain: determination, loyalty, courage, bravery.

Not many more years until we will have lost all our Second World War participants, men and women. I believe that veterans of wars since — Korea, Vietnam and later — will join me in holding you WW2 veterans in special honor this year. You are the generation that inspires your children and grandchildren, and all of us.

I want you to hear that from my heart.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.



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