Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

Acrylic on multi media paper - 4.5" x 7"

On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

As a young adult, my mother kept a diary from 1943 to 1945 that reflected her world in St. John's during the war, interspersed with personal thoughts.

On Armistice or Remembrance Day today as we look back and give thanks and respect for those who took part in world wars and other conflicts, I thought I'd share two pages of history leading up to the event 70 years ago through the eyes of a then 21 year old.

Please click to enlarge an image for reading.

 Page 1

Page 2


Carolyn A Pappas said...

Thanks for including the diary entries. I really liked reading it!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Jeanette,
What a wonderful post! As a history major at university, I've always loved first-hand accounts of great events.
Thanks so much for sharing those two remarkable pages of history!
Keep up the great work, too!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Carolyn, its always interesting to look at the past, especially from an ordinary individual's perspective. There's a lot of history as well as personal information in this diary which reveals both ordinary life as well as historic events.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Gary, I'm glad you enjoyed it. There is so much more that I could have posted in excerpts from this diary. Its a unique link to 70 years ago and my mother as a young adult.

Billie Crain said...

What an amazing thing to find...that letter. Thank you so much for sharing it, Jeanette.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Its always interesting to dip into the past Billie. It feels a little like snooping, but the information is worthwhile.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks for sharing your story and memories. Lovely journal. Pretty painting as well, we used to wear poppies. It’s been so long but it must have been for Veterans Day. Hugs.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Wearing poppies seems a tradition of Commonwealth countries,but good that the USA has done so too. Remembering the past and sacrifices is important. Hope all is well with you. xo