Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth, pp. -30
Broehm 29 The people also had difficulty staying focused on the war. Not everyone had a relative in combat, and few could remain, as enthusiastic about the seventh bond drive as they were about the first. As the initial wave of patriotic emotion passed and victory grew more certain, people became more focused on personal concerns. America was ready for the war to end. Manitowoc greeted VJ with great enthusiasm. The August 15, 1945 Manitowoc Herald-Times headlines read "World in New Era of Peace." Within minutes after the 6 PM announcement from Washington D.C., thousands of people jammed Manitowoc's downtown streets. According to an article in the Manitowoc Herald-Times: "Factory whistles and boat sirens boomed out. Church bells rang. People ran from their homes firing guns. Some even shot off fireworks left over from the Fourth of July."1' Sailors and soldiers led impromptu parades up and down the streets. Young women kissed them until their faces were smeared with lipstick. Bands playing war tunes marched through the town. Some World War I veterans played Bohemian music as youngster polkaed in the street. 112 "I was there with my family," said Howard, "we parked by the North Eighth Street Bridge. We sat on top of the car and watched the people." Howard adds that his family's joy soon turned to sadness. He said, "We heard on the radio that the Indianapolis had been sunk. My cousin Melvin was on, the that battleship. Out of 1200 I "City and County Celebrates Over Ending of War," Manitowoc Herald-Times 15 August, 1945, 1. 112 "City and County Celebrates Over Ending of War," Manitowoc Herald-Times 15 August, 1945, 1.
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