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Kindness, Can-Do, and a Positive Attitude Exemplify Many of the G.I. Generation

by admin on April 14th, 2011

Historians William Strauss and Neil Howe in their book Generations:  The History of Americas Future, 1584 to 2069, define the “G.I. Generation” as the cohorts born in the United States from 1901 through 1924.

In recent days I am confronted with the loss of a friend in this cohort.  He was a man who extended open-arms to all.  He engaged with a smile that penetrated language barriers.  He always was upbeat and hopeful even when hope was in doubt.  Each time I saw him, we welcomed each other with a handshake and an acknowledgement that everything would be all right.  Such hope.  Such optimism.

After you have survived the Depression and a major World War, I must believe your view on life changes.  The impossible seems possible.  The worst situation is behind you.

Each day we are all touched by hundreds who influence us in ways known and yet to be realized.  I am fortunate for the opportunity to have known my friend and thank him for impacting my life in such a meaningful way.

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