Bedford Marked the End of WWII on August 15, 1945

President Truman announced it on the radio at 7 pm on that date.

The Fire-Whistle blew til it simply ran-out-of-air…

Our whole town met uptown at the town-hall and we all got Fire-Engine rides….

We kids got to pull the rope ringing ‘ The first church bell ” on the common, most all that evening….

At the Congregational-Church, the Chimes played Patriotic-Songs….

People shot guns into the Air, and some had saved Firecrackers for the occasion….

Down at the B & M roundhouse, the night watchman FRED had backed out a Steam-Loco and we all got to ring-Its Bell and Blow that Train-whistle for hours….

Great night for all Bedfordites….

Never to be forgotten…

Editor’s Note: The steeple bell at First Parish tolled last week in observance of the devastation wrought by the first Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6 and several activists demonstrated along The Great Road in front of the Common. The congregation’s service on August 9 marked the anniversary of the second bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

15 August 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. Join us as we remember and recognise all those who served and sacrificed in the Far East and ultimately brought an end to the Second World War.


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