Dining With the King and Queen of England

Friday, Nov. 27, 1942 The New York Times was filled with uplifting stories about Thanksgiving celebrations for “our boys.” Even Buckingham Palace got into the act! More than 200 US officers along with 26 nurses were guests. In Westminster Abbey, US Ambassdor Winant read President Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation. Services were even held a the nearby West End Synagogue. With the Russian Army clearing Stalingrad and victories in the Pacific, once again people were hopeful. But, as the saying goes, “Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.” The Citizens Defense Volunteer Organization reminded people to collect scrap, donate blood, observe rationing restrictions, and just be “good neighbors.” Time to light the Sabbath candles. Soon my mother and father would return to Chicago and, at last, their very first real home.

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