The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


August 14, 2013

V-J Day emotions captured in note 68 years ago

Teenager wrote down her feelings during war


I think everyone should go to church and pray for the brave men that died that we may celebrate this great day. All day church services will be held tomorrow for this purpose.

Tonight — around 6:00 — it was raining with plenty of thunder and lightning — you could hardly hear the radio. It seemed that the heavens were also celebrating this great event.

It was just too bad that our beloved late President couldn’t have lived just these 4 months and 2 days to see the end of the war which he so strived for. But I think he knows now anyway.

Here at home, instead of getting out and making a lot of noise we all just worked as hard as we could. I did a great pile of dishes without even thinking and Daddy, who has been coming home too tired at nights to do anything, said he felt like doing just loads of work tonight. (There were many peaches canned today too.)

This, the 3rd week birthday of Lorabeth [my baby sister], will go down in history — this is the day we’ve been waiting for since December 7, 1941 — Pearl Harbor — this is the day we can make plans — plans for the future with no interruptions.

Our men can come home again to their families. Although we have had no one very close to us lost in this war-to-end-all-wars and I thank God that we haven’t — I pray that God will watch over those who have had someone taken from them. So on this the 14th day of August in the year 1945 I thank God that this terrible war is over and I pray that we may never again have one so terrible.

Marilyn Rose Van Zant (Tuesday night)

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