Time and time again I believed I finished my search for written treasures in Mother’s old trunk. Then I discover a new one. This time there was a letter inside an accordion envelope along with old documents and newspaper clippings. It was from my father while stationed in Hawaii during Word War Two, to his mother back in Arizona. The letter is dated May 9 ,1945 also known as Victory in Europe Day or VE Day. This day is remembered as it was the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender. The war in Europe was over. My father reported hearing of the noisy celebrations around the world, while on the Pacific front the news was received quietly and prayerfully. He wrote “The governor of the Territory in his VE day proclamation stated that so long as he can look up and down the streets of Honolulu and see soldiers and sailors about to set sail for a far Pacific battle-front there would be no celebrations here.”
He goes on to talk about the desert, mangoes, and asks questions about friends, and family. He explains the meaning behind his Pacific Ocean Area shoulder patch.
Needless to say this letter will be saved and treasured. Months ago I made a special folder from a repurposed book to organize all of the special mail I have been finding. For now I will store it there.
I’m missing the grandchildren, but I will be visiting them soon. I decided to send them just a little note to say “Hello”.
It’s time to put these letters in the mailbox. I enjoyed this little project and I hope it brings smiles to the grandchildren. I just heard that the price of first class postage will change on January 21, 2018 to $.50. I am going to USPS.com to learn about other changes.
Thanks for listening. Take care.