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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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Where was I August 15, 1945? I was four years old, living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My dad tied tin cans onto the back of my red trike so that my cousin and I could ride up and down the sidewalk making noise and celebrating the end of the war. Our parents went downtown to celebrate. We had saved sugar rations and now Uncle Howard would be coming home from Japan. Best of all, we were allowed to stay up until 9 pm!

Sally S. Coyle
Lake Bluff, IL



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