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Local winners in the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition are freshman Luke Krogmeier, first; senior Anastasia Conklin, second; junior Tyler Loutensock, third; and junior Dominic Krogmeier, fourth.

The 2014 VOD theme is “Why veterans are important in our nation’s history and future.”

2014 Voice of Democracy essay contest winners are pictured from left, Anastasia Conklin, second; Tyler Loutensock, third; Dominic Krogmeier, fourth; and Luke Krogmeier, first. The four students shared their essays during the annual Veterans Day program.

—Enterprise photo


By Luke Krogmeier

Why is the Greatest Generation known as the Greatest Generation? Is it because of Bing Crosby and his swinging band? Or perhaps due to the magic step of Fred Astaire?

No, although we love these figures, and Crosby’s voice was silk, and Astaire’s feet were fleet, they were not the reasons for this most deserved title.

The Greatest Generation is truly the greatest generation because of the veterans who suffered and served our nation in its greatest crisis. Despite what we are taught by “Hogan’s Heroes,” World War II was no cake walk.

The sacrifice those veterans have made is of utmost importance, but it is also important to remember that their life didn’t end when the USS Missouri came back to harbor.

Nor did the lives of the veterans of the Iraq war end when they were pulled out. Nor does the life of any veteran end when the war does. Nothing demonstrates this fact of being a soldier better than the story of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of America, an organization made up of weary souls and hardened soldiers.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014