Originally Posted by acd483
I'm glad someone brought up Band of Brothers. I'll admit that those men brought tears to my eyes. They are equally as brave and honorable as the Founding Fathers, and I would like to say that the firefighters in 9/11 and the soldiers in Iraq also belong in that echelon of men. And if we are to speak of any of the candidates, regardless of your politics, John McCain deserves all of our respect for his time in the Hanoi Hilton.
While I completely agree that the "Greatest Generation" deserves to be on a different level, God knows they have earned it, I don't know if it is quite the same level as the Founding Fathers and I know they don't want to be put on that same level. They just want to live in peace; and quiet. Even though I know personally they hate it when you call the living ones "heroes" as they consider the heroes the ones who didn't come back as if their own service was of no consequence. Good example is Maj Dick Winters from BoB. In every respect, a true hero for his taking of the guns at Brécourt Manor on D-Day. His tactics that day are now taught at West Point. He won the Distinguished Service Cross, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star (2 times) and a Purple Heart. After his service he worked for a short time with his war time friend Lewis Nixon, was called back into service during Korea and when he got out, started a feed and seed company in PA. Typical of that generation. But don't call him a hero to his face though. He would be offended. But he truly is a hero.
IMHO, the difference between those people and the Founding Fathers is this, the Founding Fathers were considered outlaws and all would hang for the treason they were committing against the English King had it failed. Dick Winters and many of that generation could have stayed home. But that generation, along with the Founding Fathers, had something that many of the current generations lack. They did it not because it was "in style" or everyone else is so I will too, or I want to (even though some did go for that reason) it was because it was the right thing to do. Certainly not the easiest or safest. The same reason Pat Tillman went to Afghanistan (another hero). He felt it was the right thing to do. We had some of that feeling right after 9/11 but it is all gone now.
Unfortunately, it takes great and trying times (the brutal irony of war) to bring out the best in men. Right now, most of us have it too easy. In a way, it is a shame that the current war hasn't touched more of us in our daily lives. If 9/11 taught us one thing, it brought the true meaning of life and liberty into perspective, if at least for a short time. This series does the same for me, and I am thankful to Tom Hanks, et al for that.
I can tell you why it hasn't touched us more. We were told to go back to our lives after 9/11, as if it didn't happen. And that is EXACTLY what we did and 7 years later, we have forgotten the feelings that 9/11 evoked. Instead of being united to get the "bad guys" like the Founding Fathers were united against King George, we are told by a certain section of society 9/11 happened because it was our fault and it has fragmented us, to the advantage of our enemies. How quickly we forget. If the Founding Fathers were to return right now, I am not sure the Founding Fathers would understand or approve any of that concept. And yes, I believe we will be attacked again, maybe not as spectacular as 9/11, but it will happen. It isn't if, but when. Maybe "John Adams" will open some eyes of what we American's really are and what we need to do stay to "American."
I must admit,when the President of the Congress read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of Independence Hall in the episode, it gave me goose bumps. Amazing how a 235 year old document about a bygone era of wrongs can still stir emotions. Mr. Jefferson is underrated.
And yes, anyone who serves this country honorable should be respected for it no matter what or when the service and they are all heroes, living and dead. We all owe them more than we can ever repay. Selflessness. One of the great things about this country.