Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen Once Upon a Town discussion


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Judy I grew up in Nebraska and don't recall ever hearing about this fantastic, uplifting event. Author contacted many survivors and it was heart-warming to hear them recall their memories of the canteen. It is amazing that huge amounts of food/drink during that time was made available for "our boys". Very emotional and well done book. The capacity of caring was amazing.


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Judie I grew up in Iowa,and later lived in Nebraska, and had never heard about this either. It's amazing to think how these people came together in the American Heartland to do something so special and loving to support "the troops", they used their ration stamps for real butter, sugar, etc. to bake cookies & cakes for servicemen they didn't even know. In doing so, they deprived their own families. The effects of war were felt by everyone, not just 1% of the population. Their efforts changed people's' lives. A PBS film was made based on this book.


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