Just received word that our Aunt Peggy passed away, the last of 9 siblings (2 died in childbirth) on my Mom's side of the family.
The nickname for people born during that age was "The Greatest Generation"
She was actually born in 1929 just 2 years after the official age group listed as The Greatest Generation but all her older siblings were born prior to that and our 96 year old Dad was born in 1925.
Never has there been a more appropriate nickname to describe people who were born in America during a particular time!
We owe them.................EVERYTHING!
The Greatest Generation, also known as the G.I. Generation and the World War II generation, is the demographic cohort following the Lost Generation and preceding the Silent Generation. The generation is generally defined as people born from 1901 to 1927. They were shaped by the Great Depression and were the primary participants in World War II.
The term The Greatest Generation was popularized by the title of a 1998 book by American journalist Tom Brokaw. In the book, Brokaw profiled American members of this generation who came of age during the Great Depression and went on to fight in World War II, as well as those who contributed to the war effort on the home front. Brokaw wrote that these men and women fought not for fame or recognition, but because it was the "right thing to do." This cohort is also referred to as the World War II generation.
An impoverished American family living in a shanty, 1936
Main article: Great Depression in the United States
In the United States, members of this generation came of age, were children, or were born during the Progressive Era, World War I, and the Roaring Twenties; a time of economic prosperity with distinctive cultural transformations. Additionally, those alive in 1918 through 1920 experienced the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic. They also experienced much of their youth with rapid technological innovation (e.g., radio, telephone, automobile) amidst growing levels of worldwide income inequality and a soaring economy. After the Stock Market crashed, this generation experienced profound economic and social turmoil.
Despite the hardships, historians note that literature, arts, music, and cinema of the period flourished. This generation experienced what is commonly referred to as the "Golden Age of Hollywood". A number of popular film genres, including gangster films, musical films, comedy films, and monster films attracted mass audiences. The Great Depression also greatly influenced literature and witnessed the advent of comic books, which were popular with members of this generation with such characters as Doc Savage, The Shadow, Superman and Batman. Next to jazz, blues, gospel music, and folk music; swing jazz became immensely popular with members of this generation. The term "Swing Generation" has also been used to describe the cohort due to the popularity of the era's music. The popularity of the radio also became a major influence in the lives of this generation, as millions tuned in to listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "fireside chats" and absorbed news in a way like never before
This is what I'm talking about with the Greatest Generation!
They had it rough and learned to be grateful...........not to be gripers!!