I often have the honor of visiting with World War II veterans still living.  We’re losing them by the hundreds daily.  I meet a man who survived the Omaha Beach landing who said the movie, Saving Private Ryan, comes close to the truth of what really happened.  I met another man who was there when the flag raised on Iwo Jima.  He can tell the real story of the Clint Eastwood movie, Flags of Our Fathers, and was invited to the movie premiere.  These men live among us.  They are the true story, the living history.  Yet many young adults and children today are more interested in their cellphones, IPODS and computers; they can’t even hold conversations.  We must learn to take advantage of the living history among us, not the technology that tells us what history was like.

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