I don't remember where I got this snip but I think it applies here:
The America we live in today is not the same country our grandparents experienced. They were a generation that helped each other. They were neighbors who watched out for the interests of their neighbors. A large part of the population was involved in WWII, and they had to depend upon each other for their very survival. Sometimes the only thing these men and women had in common was the fact that they were Americans. Yet they cared for each other.