Pearl Harbor Celebration


     My family (father, mother, brother & I) immigrated to the USA from the Netherlands in May 1939 - exactly one year before the German invasion of the Lowlands.

     I remember on December 7th there was a spontaneous cocktail party celebration at our house celebrating the USA's entry into the war. A committee of neighbors rang the front door bell and inquired why we were celebrating. They were upset and thought we might be German. I can remember my father explaining to them that with America's entry into the war we knew that victory over the Nazi's was but a matter of time and that our family in Holland would be freed. The delegation of neighbors joined us for a drink and my dad became an air raid warden.

     We celebrated D-Day even in a bigger way. This was a sign that the war of liberation was reaching a conclusion.



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