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The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade

November 9, 2014

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade

(Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013)

Officiating the funerals of veterans is not uncommon for me.  Over the past fifteen years, I have buried over one hundred World War II veterans but that river has now slowed to a trickle.  What sociologists call “The Greatest Generation” is almost gone.  These were quiet and proud men who seldom spoke of their time in Europe or the Pacific but were good enough to return home and make America great.  They were quiet heroes who received a hero’s welcome and lived hero’s lives.  When their time to die came around, they wanted the service ceremonial, traditional and without fanfare.  They were born, they fought, they married, they built, they golfed and they died.  They won.  It was a simple as that.

Now the Vietnam veterans are starting to die and a new dynamic is emerging.  Earlier this year, my friend…

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