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It's Over

We asked readers to tell us where they were and how they reacted to the news that World War II had ended. And what a response we got!

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My husband, Willard Henry Lavoy, was a 10-year-old paperboy for the Aera local paper here in Glen Falls, NY at the time of WWII. He was telling me that when the end of the war hit the headlines, he was selling the paper all up and down Main Street and a few side streets yelling, "Extra, extra, read all about it, WWII ends!" He said there was such a commotion, people yelling, screaming, crying and embracing, even strangers giving him hugs and kisses and buying out all of his papers so he would have to restock them to accommodate the hundreds of people waiting for one! Car horns were blaring along with area mill whistles blowing. He said it was a great feeling deep down inside and to see the reactions of so many people just overwhelmed him.

Sharon Lavoy
Glen Falls, New York





This is from the first page of the Wednesday morning, August 15, 1945 Pittsburgh Post Gazette. As a young child I was one of the people in Oakland listening to the music and singing with the organ, and I still remember how happy everyone was and many had tears in their eyes as we sang the popular songs of that time.

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