Word tonight that Charlotte Winters died yesterday. Who is Charlotte Winters, you might ask? I might have asked that before tonight as well. Shame on me for not knowing. Yeoman Winters was, at age 109, the last surviving female U.S. veteran of World War I.
What's even more startling is that, according to official records, there are only five surviving U.S. vets of what was once called "The War To End All Wars." Ironic title, no?
There is much talk, and deservedly so, about the "greatest generation" - those who fought and died in World War II. Sooner rather than later they will speak of the men and woman currently putting themselves in harm's way in the Middle East. But don't forget about the batch of young kids who left for Europe 90 years ago and put themselves on the line for their nation and their way of life. Because it won't be long before the only ones to keep their valor alive will be us.