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My father’s trunk reminds me of one of my earliest Memorial Days

27 May 2024

7:32 AM

27 May 2024

7:32 AM

Perhaps we all have our first memories of celebrating Memorial Day. Mine comes from 1945 when my father returned from the Pacific Theater of World War Two. I was only two.

My father didn’t have to go to war as he had a family and was “safe” from the draft. Nevertheless, he volunteered after being recruited by the newly founded OWI, or Office of War Information.

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