There are still a few good men

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 9, 2015

This week I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the few people living that experienced World War II.

The secret to his longevity? A concoction of apple cider vinegar and honey, combined with long walks and the love of his family.

Now heading towards his 99th year on this planet, I was amazed at the clarity of James Livaudias’ memory as he retold stories from his time in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Livaudias was able to not only recall the events he saw and experienced, but the names of the people he served with.

These men and women grew up during the Great Depression. They served in that war and are known as the Greatest Generation. Before becoming a journalist, I heard the term, but didn’t fully understand the meaning behind it until I interviewed the survivors. Each time I hear their stories I understand why they received that moniker.

It’s hard for my generation to understand. These men and women grew up in a time when money was hard to come by, and you were lucky to come home alive if Uncle Sam called for assistance.

As I listened to Livaudias share his story, I realized he is part of a rare breed.

Hearing his story helped me realize that even if you live 98 years, time is still fleeting, but stories can live on forever.

He truly is a lucky man. Not only because he narrowly escaped death numerous times during his service, but because he has his health, and his remaining loved ones.

I can only hope to be as lucky as Livaudias. Not so much to live as long as he, but to be able to have a plethora of interesting stories to tell and a loving family by my side.