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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 9, 1945 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 5/10/17

President proclaimed May 8, V-E Day, Victory in Europe

World War II with Germany came to a victorious end Tuesday, May 8, when President Truman in Washington officially proclaimed V-E Day at 9 …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 9, 1945 edition of the Press & Journal

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President proclaimed May 8, V-E Day, Victory in Europe

World War II with Germany came to a victorious end Tuesday, May 8, when President Truman in Washington officially proclaimed V-E Day at 9 a.m. in a worldwide radio address.

The president of the United States emphasized the fact that “victory is only half won.” He urged everyone to “work, work, work.

He gave this advice to the Japanese: “Surrender.”

The Allied proclamation of victory in Europe was made simultaneously in London, Washington and Paris.

The announcement of V-E Day came on the birthday of President Truman.

This Sunday, May 13, to be observed as Mother’s Day, will also be a Day of Prayer, proclaimed by the president of the United States and Gov. Edward S. Martin of Pennsylvania.

Martin in a radio address from Harrisburg on Tuesday morning proclaimed V-E Day a “Day of Prayer, Thanksgiving and work.” He also directed all flags to be displayed and the immediate closing of all state liquor stores, and ordered that “no intoxicating liquor or beverages be sold or dispensed in any licensed establishment under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board until further orders.”

In Middletown immediately after the radio announcement that Tuesday was proclaimed V-E Day, church bells were rung and sirens sounded for several minutes and flags displayed in celebration of the notable event of history.

Throughout the day, most of the stores and business places were closed, allowing those in charge time off, and the public schools were closed for the afternoon, to help celebrate victory, won after more than five years of war, at the cost of thousands of human lives in the Allied Forces.

The war is not over, not until the termination of the influence of the military leaders who have brought Japan to the present brink of disaster, and after that World War II will be over and become history.

The drafting of men and women for the armed forces, defense work in all parts of the nation, war bond drives, and many sacrifices will continue until victory over Japan.

The announcement of V-E Day in Europe was also properly celebrated here by the blowing of the air raid siren, ringing of the school, church and fire bells.

The local recognition was set in motion by Mrs. Ella Lauman, clerk in the borough offices in the Community Building, who touched the siren button which was the signal for local activity.

Mrs. Lauman has two sons, Donald and Robert, in the armed forces.

The staff of the Middletown Defense Council, George A. Bacon, Burgess H.V. McNair, Al Legoza, John Brinser Jr., Erney Spangler and Charles B. Force, decided that this was a fitting way to give notice to President Truman’s proclamation.

Presented minstrel show (Middletown High School)

Editor’s note: While considered widely racist today because white people wear blackface, they were popular in this time frame and even into the 1960s in high schools and local theaters.

The students of the Middletown High School, participants in the “Pepper Pot Minstrel Show,” given here last week, went to the Susquehanna Township School on Wednesday morning, where they presented an exchange show. Two weeks ago, students of Susquehanna Township School appeared in the gymnasium of the Middletown High School and presented the “Ephrata Cloisters.”

Reprimand boys after damage to marquee

Two young boys were discovered climbing onto the marquee at the Majestic Theatre building, Union and Brown streets. Complaint was made to the local police station and upon investigation Policeman Henry Hill arrested them.

Upon authorization of Douglas Carpenter, manager of the theater, the boys were taken before Squire R.P. Brandt, Mill Street, and after a preliminary hearing the boys admitted the damage done to the marquee and promised to pay the expenses of repairs.

The boys were given a reprimand and were restricted from attending any movies in town, and if brought to justice again, they would be turned over to juvenile authorities.

The police will make a campaign to break up loitering about the theaters and business places on Sunday nights.

Wounded crossing the Masselle River

Arthur Evans, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Evans, 3 Hemlock Lane, Olmsted Field Homes, Lower Swatara Township, formerly of Williamstown, and a former employee of the Middletown Air Technical Service Command, has returned from overseas.

He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received under the command of Gen. Patton. He was overseas 18 months. He entered the Army on April 12, 1943.

He was wounded crossing the Masselle River.

He is spending a 55-day leave and will then return to service.

Hot buys

• “Your summer straw” by Adam (men’s hats). $1.95 to $5. Melman’s. (Editor’s note: While the ad did not include the address, the store was at 1 and 5 S. Union St.)

• Cesspools and septic tanks cleaned. Jones Bros., phone 849-W, 333 Russell Ave., Middletown.

• Children’s blue denim overalls, $1.17. Hershey Department Store, Hershey.

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