It is unfortunate that once again, on Saturday, May 8, the Missoulian only noted "V-E Day," or Victory in Europe Day, as merely a side note in "This Day in History." This is not the first year this has happened.
Once, this day was noted as much as D-Day, the 6th of June, V-J Day on Aug. 14 and Pearl Harbor Day, partly so that we would never forget but also to honor those who answered the call. As importantly, it was to teach our children so that they would better understand history and the sacrifices of those who made the world in which they live. But not in Missoula, I guess; we've "forgotten."
In a few days we will "remember" on Memorial Day those veterans of all wars, including the World War II vets, who are no longer with us. But what about all those World War II vets in Missoula who still live? On the morning of May 8, World War II veterans in their late 80s and 90s opened the Missoulian and found their efforts as part of a generation who, literally, saved the world, have been forgotten.
So many of these men and women, each an American hero, have stories to tell. They are still here, living among us, perhaps walking with a cane or a walker, or even in a wheelchair, but with heads held high. How many are left? Do they have to wait for Memorial Day, when we remember the dead? Why can't we remember and honor them while they yet live? We will have many years in the future once they are gone to make V-E Day, V-J Day and those other past, important milestones merely one of the many notes in "This Day in History."
David Mihalic, Missoula