Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- May 7, 2014

Do you have the feeling you've been transported back in time to World War II?  If so, I'm not surprised.  This scene is from a living history presentation that was held at the VA hospital in Cheyenne last month.  Its purpose was to help local school children learn about the past through seeing and touching actual artifacts rather than simply reading about them.
Have you read about C-rations?  According to the veterans who spent their days teaching and responding to questions, they smelled (and probably tasted) like cat food.  But the chocolate bars were always a hit.  GIs used to trade chocolate for local products like wine.
The war brought several new slogans to the American lexicon, among them SNAFU.  And although no one is certain of the actual origin of the saying, "Kilroy was here" became one of the most popular forms of graffiti during the war.

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