Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Generations

Why is the greatest generation also called the "Builder Generation"

See also

The “Builder Generation” refers to people born between 1925 and 1943. They are also known as traditionalists, seniors or veterans, is the generation that fought during World War II. Some also know it as “The Greatest Generation” based on a best-selling book by Tom Brokaw of NBC news. He coined the phrase because of the generation’s efforts during World War II.

Men and women of this generation selflessly put their lives on hold with the men risking theirs in combat thousands of miles away from home and family and women taking up factory jobs. They did not have a glamorous view of war instead seeing it is a necessity to protect the freedoms enjoyed by Americans just as their prior generation had thought in World War I.

As the men returned from war they faced an infrastructure unequipped for them. This building of homes and roads is what led to the generation’s moniker, “Builders”.

From a series on generational cultures from Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

© Max Impact, used with permission.

Learn more about today’s generations:

Recommended reading



  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

Related Videos:

  • Seniors eating right can extend a life span
    <div class="video-info" data-id="516989582" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Happy April fool's day from Obamacare
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518140849" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • American Society on Aging discusses elder abuse by Monterey Public Guardian
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!