It was an effective snapshot regarding the lives, the deeds, the perspective — and the passing — of certain members of what many refer to as “the Greatest Generation.” There could quite possibly be a small percentage of contemporary readers and members of the Tea Party circuit who might say that the cover photo “said it all.” Those who make that claim would have missed the thoughtful, well-chosen, insightful words that added depth, context and meaning to the message.
As a member of the (vaguely inept and selfish) baby-boom generation that followed the Greatest Generation, I hope that the brief lessons in courage, sacrifice and duty to one’s country provided within the context of the article do not disappear into oblivion.
Fenwick’s gift is just one more nearly perfect example of why I value the contribution of printed journalism. There are also probably people who think of the Gazette as “dirty freebie landfill.” I feel a passing sorrow for them, but don’t dwell on it.
—John D. Carlson, The Village