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What Firefighters Did for Elderly Member of “Greatest Generation” Will Make Your Day

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It can be so easy for us to take for granted how difficult it can be for elderly people to live alone.

Many elderly people today, of course, are members of the so-called “Greatest Generation,” people who have lived through some of the most momentous events in our nation’s history, from WWII to the Civil Rights movement to the moon landing, and are known for their quiet resolve, old-fashioned American work ethic, and die-hard patriotism.

They know the true cost of freedom much more than we do, and it’s important that we honor these elderly citizens rather than sweep them under the rug.

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This is just what a group of firefighters in Florida did when they found an elderly woman who was living alone, unable to prepare meals for herself.

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Fox News reports that the firefighters, who shared their story on Facebook, when they responded to the woman’s LifeAlert alarm, which turned out to have been set off by accident.

That’s when they noticed she was still in need of some help, and they rose to the occasion without thinking twice.

“You see, this member of ‘The Greatest Generation’ lives alone and receives meals from the Meals on Wheels program, many of them frozen. That problem we noticed? Her microwave doesn’t work.”

The Squat 29 crew quickly took action. The firefighters, usually trained to do CPR or issue first-response medical care, headed to Lowe’s instead, to buy the woman a microwave.

Not only that, but they proceeded to install it and then cook her dinner.

“In Small Town USA, neighbors help neighbors,” the fire department wrote.

Amen to that!

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

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Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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