What a difference a generation makes. During WW2, 200,000 young men and women – teens under the age of 18 – lied about their ages to serve our country. Those gallant young people are known as Volunteers of Underage Military Service, VUMS. One lived here among us.
90-year-old WWII veteran surprised with his diploma more than 70 years after he left high school to fight for the U.S. Army in the war. [Source: http://ow.ly/sfTU3058zPr ]
It was a great privilege for me to get to know Bea Burns. She lived in a small home with her son at 319 Renee Drive in Lake Rockwall Estates. Her son passed on some years before Bea.
Bea answered the call in her heart to serve and became a registered nurse.
What have we today? Oh, it’s called the Snowflake Generation. This new generation flees to ‘safe places’ where no one can offend them. They run FROM a fight; Bea Burns ran INTO the fight.
Perhaps you have no idea what Army nurses had to do during the war. Take a trip to the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Tour the WW2 History Walk where you stop in a MASH unit to hear a young woman’s voice read a letter home. Kids like Bea Burns had to withstand unimaginable horrors as they worked to save the lives of young men torn apart in battle.
God bless the memory of Bea Burns and all the valiant VUMS of WW2. As for you ‘snowflakes’…