Montgomery locals 5/5/2021
May 8 is Victory in Europe Day, the day that United States and Great Britain accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.
I’ve been fascinated by World War II for many years, and I love watching the newsreel footage of people in cities around the world crowding together, waving flags, and dancing in the streets because the Allies had won the war. Ticker tape and confetti were thrown into the air in jubilee that loved ones would be coming home soon and global peace was on its way.
The generation that won World War II has been called the Greatest Generation, and it’s a title that was rightfully earned. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor America was not prepared to fight a war – especially a two-front war. The way the entire nation pulled together and transformed everything about their daily lives – from the food they ate, the clothes the wore, the factories they worked in, and how they invested their spare time. The efforts on the home front enabled our Armed Forces to defeat the greatest evil that the world had ever seen. The servicemen who marched off to war were a mixture of those who intended to have military careers, those who hadn’t planned on being in the service but enlisted voluntarily in their country’s hour of greatest need, and those who were drafted. The stories of sacrifice, honor, and valor displayed by our servicemen in the thick of battle are awe-inspiring. I can’t imagine what it was like for them, I doubt that anyone who has never been in combat could even come close to understanding what those battles were like. They paid dearly for our freedom and we owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never repay.
So on VE Day pause and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring the horrors of the Nazis to an end, and those who came home scarred physically or psychologically.
Montgomery Events and Announcements
Happy Anniversary to Jim and Brenda Harman, who will be celebrating 37 years of marriage on May 5.
Wednesday, May 5 The Library will have Book Buddies at 11 am. The group is for ages 2 and up. Please preregister by calling (570) 547-6212 or by going to the “programming” tab on the library’s website. Please plan to accompany your child.
Friday, May 7 Montgomery Community Yard Sale forms must be returned to Fae Herb to be included on the map. Forms can be found at Coles Coffee, Craft, & Consignment, Montgomery Borough Office, or Weis Market.
Friday, May 7 Family Storytime with Lycoming County Dairy Princess Katelyn Taylor will be held at the library at 5 pm. Please preregister.
Wednesday, May 12 CareerLink Mobile will be in front of the library from 10 am-2 pm. They provide a variety of services for job seekers.
Wednesday, May 12 Book Buddies will start at 11 am at the library. Please preregister and plan to accompany your child.
Saturday, May 15 – Montgomery Community Yard Sales will be held rain or shine. Maps will be available.
Saturday, May 15 – The library will be having a used book sale from 9 am-12 pm.
Saturday, May 15 – The Adult Book Club meeting will be held at 2 pm. The theme is books with a color in the title. New members are always welcome.
THOT – “This is a solemn but glorious hour.” – President Harry S Truman, May 8, 1945