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Letter to the Editor: A plug for 'Our Lives, Our Stories'

I am writing this letter to call everyone's attention to the extraordinary exhibit, "Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation" at the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum.

It is all about our lives in the Depression and war years of the '30s and '40s. To you of that generation, did you ever sit at a soda fountain in a drug store? You can sit at one here and hear what you can order!

You can also hear short stories of many factories making equipment to supply our World War II troops. There is one for Twin Cities Ordinance Plant, where 30- and 50-caliber bullets were made. It shows a picture of President Franklin D. Roosevelt visiting the 30-caliber building in December 1942. I was secretary to the 1st Lieutenant in charge of inspection and test firing and had the privilege of going to that building to see our President FDR. It happens that I had saved a Minneapolis Star Tribune from Dec. 9, 1991, where this same picture is printed, along with a long article recalling "The War On The Home Front."

Our ITOW is the smallest museum that this exhibit is showing in, out of 25 stops in our United States. It is free for all veterans and well worth the $4 ticket, too.

The exhibit is here through Oct. 20. Don't miss this time of reminiscing or learning how life was in these two decades.

Also, there is a 42nd Street Jazz Band concert called, "Music of World War II" here Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Alta Mandt

Perham, MN