ASK THE ATTORNEY: 'He lived to see his memorial'

Published: Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 11:18 PM.

In the year 1941 our nation, a nation of democracy and laws, was thrust into the greatest conflict the world has ever known.

Democracy ultimately prevailed, we ultimately prevailed. It was our “greatest generation” that transformed America into a single congruent beast, a war machine, sufficiently tenacious and voracious to consume and destroy those regimes that made a mockery of democracy and held the free world hostage.

A few of those brave men and women remain today, though the inevitable march of time continues to diminish their ranks.

As a law student I suffered through the unavoidable constitutional law courses and the accompanying 1,704-page textbook. I was taught about the adaptability and durability of the foundational document of our nation, the Constitution.

I was made to understand the unique qualities of our Constitution provided for the unrivaled longevity of our democracy.

Missing from these courses, however, was any sense of the adaptability and durability of the people who have stepped forward during times of great peril to ensure the endurance of America.

I learned more about these great men and women when I had the privilege of flying as a guardian with three World War II veterans on the most recent Emerald Coast Honor Flight one week ago today. The trip took about 100 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., and back in a single day to view the World War II Memorial, the Marines’ Iwo Jima Memorial and several other monuments to wars and presidents past. The program is organized locally by the office of U.S. Representative Jeff Miller and funded completely through donations. The veterans pay nothing.

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