Today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to America’s entry in to World War II.
The anniversary of Pearl Harbor prompted me to take a look back at some of the ways the residents of Groveport helped out on the home front during the war.
Residents willingly followed the war time rules regarding the rationing of sugar, gasoline and rubber to support the war effort.
Early in 1942, Groveport Village Council enacted rules for periodic blackout and air raid drills.
Women who completed a Red Cross training course in first aid formed an “emergency unit” in town and established a station in the basement of the Methodist Church.
In 1942, the Groveport Lions Club served 43 soldiers, who were stationed at nearby Lockbourne Air Base, a chicken dinner at Groveport Town Hall.
A sale of war bonds at a Groveport Madison High School football game in 1943 raised $3,050 for the war effort.
These are just a few of the efforts that took place in town throughout the long years of the war. They are actions that show a community pulling together for the common good during a time of sacrifice.
- Rick Palsgrove, Southeast Editor, Dec. 7, 2011