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Mum was crying

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Elsie Hall
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Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
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24 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Sarah Jones on behalf of Elsie Hall and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

May 8th 1945.

I was living in Canada during the war, before I moved to Scotland. One day, when I was in my first year of primary school, we heard the fire engines go past the school.

5 minutes later they came past again. The teacher suddenly ran out of the room and came back two minutes later in tears. She said we could all go home.

When I left the school I discovered my mother coming to meet me and she was crying. I said "What's wrong?" She said "the war's over!" I noticed other mothers crying as well. I said "Well, if the war's over why is everybody crying?" She couldn't answer. She just gave me a hug.

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