MATAWAN AMERICAN LEGION HISTORICAL PROGRAM
On Sunday, November 8th at 2:00 P.M. at the Woman’s Club of Matawan building, 199 Jackson Street, the American Legion, Matawan Post 176 will present its second annual historical program honoring veterans in the area. The topic will be
“The Homefront: Matawan During World War II”
The speaker will be Al Savolaine, the Commander of Post 176 and the Matawan Town Historian.
The focus of the presentation will be what “Total War” was like for those who were left behind in town when others went off to fight in distant parts of the world to defend our way of life. Over 14 million Americans wore the uniforms of our various military services, but everyone in the United States was involved in different ways. Women played a major role in the war effort, and even children were actively involved. Rationing, victory gardens, raw material collections, bond drives, air raid wardens, submarine spotters, and Red Cross workers played a part on the home front in our area during these turbulent years.
This program will help younger generations understand what their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents lived through during the 1941-1945 total war effort. Unfortunately, the schools do not deal with this aspect of history. The American Legion, as an organization founded in 1919 after WW I, promotes this type of understanding of the lessons of history, so that we can learn from the past and appreciate the service of our veterans to our country.
The Woman’s Club of Matawan will provide refreshments. Various items will be on display to illustrate points of interest concerning the topic. This event also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II. Come and join us for this free event. All are welcome.