By Mike C.
Grade 7, Pennsylvania

I interviewed my grandparents, Bill and Joyce Simons, about the homefront during World War II. I never would have believed the amazing things they did or the tragic things that happened to them if they hadnĂt told me themselves. They were both eleven and living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania when the war began. They were both very active in the war effort by saving aluminum foil, collecting pots and pans, saving grease, and collecting sheets to be used for bandages. Also, my grandparents saved their money to buy 25-cent war stamps, and cashed them in for bonds that eventually matured to be worth $25.00. JoyceĂs parents were both air-raid spotters and under their influence, she helped out with a grocery store and a victory garden.

Both of them, though, lost many friends, neighbors, teachers, and even family members in battle. BillĂs older brother died in the Battle of the Bulge at the age of 29. One last thing my grandparents had to say about the war was, ˘It was a terrible, terrible time. You never knew what was happening to the people you cared about off at war and often you never saw them again. The worst part, though, was walking down the street and seeing house after house with a gold star in the window.÷

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