By Dan D.
Grade 7, Pennsylvania

I was eight years old when the war began with the United States, I was in third grade. In school, Cathy talked about war news with her class, and listen to the radio at home to follow the news. I wasnĂt as affected by the war as some people, as I lived in the country on a farm. My family grew fruits and vegetables, so we had everything we needed. When Cathy was eleven, in about sixth grade, the war ended. She was very excited when this happened. CathyĂs family was very supportive of the war. She saw posters on the buildings saying things like ˘Support Our Troops÷ and ˘Buy War Bonds÷. I was too young to be influenced by these posters, but my parents did some things. My family saved things such as tin foil and rubber bands. Her parents also bought war bonds. My family had a Victory Garden. Everyone in the family helped take care of the vegatables that were grown in the garden. This is where they got some of their food. Most towns had drills, but her family didnĂt because they lived in central Nebraska on a farm. One thing she did during the war for fun was to go and watch movies every Friday night. The movie included a newsreel; newsreels let you know what was going on. These are some things I did during the war. I never much liked the war, one of the things I didnĂt like was that things were rationed. Cathy says many things were scarce, so nobody spent more money than they had to on food and other things. I know that items such as sugar, gas, and rubber were rationed; Cathy didnĂt really know the difference because her family got food from their garden and farm. She had to eat SPAM, because there wasnĂt much meat, but she didnĂt like it much. Kathy knew that her mother used honey as a sweetener because sugar was rationed. She was living in central Nebraska during the war, so she wasnĂt as impacted by things rationed other areas in the US. Cathy never liked the war, but she wasnĂt really affected by rationed food. Cathy knew only one person who went into the army, her uncle. Luckily, he didnĂt die fighting. Of all the things she wondered about the war, the thing that bothered her most was that she wondered how long the war was going to last and how many people died. One of the important events in the war that Cathy heard about was the Invasion of Normandy (D-day). She felt very excited about this, but sad because many people died. She tings she was in school when she heard about Pearl Harbor, she thought this event was very scary. On V-J day, the end of the war, her family was very excited, but she didnĂt celebrate. The most vivid thought Cathy had of the war is hearing about all of the people who died. The war was not good for anyone, but Cathy thinks that some parts were good.

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