To The Editor:

On June 6, 1944, 75 years ago, the greatest generation answered the call to duty in a manner never seen in this country since. They took up arms to defeat a menace to the free world and preserve a way of life never before known in history. They did it because it had to be done.

When they returned, many came back to a small, rural and relatively low-income Vermont town nestled in a quiet valley along the Mad River. These men would resume their lives without glory and fame. These men of the greatest generation became our fathers, our uncles, our mentors and our keepers. These quiet veterans would watch over us as we grew up, correct us when we strayed and instill in us their morals, work ethics and sense of duty.

Not only were they instrumental in preserving our future, but they shaped the future for those of us who grew up with them watching over us in Waitsfield, Vermont.

Thank you for your service and guidance.

Steve Joslin

Graniteville, Vermont