They have been called — and rightly so — “The Greatest Generation,” the millions of men and women who left home and loved ones to go to far-flung arenas and defend this country in World War II.

Those lucky enough to come home started businesses, became educators, ministers, doctors, lawyers, farmers, a myriad of professions into which they poured dedication and hard work that gave this country a renaissance of unparalleled progress and technological achievement.

Now, an estimated 1,000-plus of them die every day, among them many who came back to the land to build the most productive agriculture on the planet — giving America not only enviable self-sufficiency in food and fiber, but producing enough extra to help feed and clothe millions in other countries.

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