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Three Extra Days

Posted by on April 12, 2016

July 6 and 10, 1944: Two letters from Anna to her brothers. Anna writes that the Fourth of July is “all over with” and that “it was a very quiet holiday.” For the most part, the family spent the long weekend going to Lake Champlain and Lake Saratoga for some fun, picnicking, swimming and fishing.

She also relays that she heard, “over the news …where the Americans and British were over Germany bombing it…and then after they got finished they dropped leaflets all over Germany telling them that it was their way of celebrating American Independence Day by dropping bombs instead of firecrackers and how did they like the way the Allies celebrated Independence Day which soon would come all over the world. I thought that was pretty good, don’t you?”

As far as news from the home front, the weekend before was busy between cousin Eddie Morawski’s wedding and Uncle Bill Gorski’s 25th wedding anniversary. As far as the anniversary party, it was held at the “P.N.A. the Polish building in Schenectady.” They had a “nice supper” and a “three piece orchestra of some kind”. Everybody had a good time, especially little Terry who “…loved the music and…was dancing in the middle of the dance floor and she would come up to the musicians and look at the music and instruments they played. They kidded and played with her and I guess everybody in the hall did because she wasn’t afraid of anybody and would be friends with everyone big or small.” They stayed at the party until eleven thirty.

She also writes about the wedding and how “Eddie looked marvelous and Rose looked beautiful. She had a filmy gown with a long train on it and a veil…and she had white roses too….The wedding in church was simply beautiful and they looked so nice kneeling together at the altar steps and the choir was singing Ave Maria…” It was a relatively small affair and Anna and Eddie were “the only ones from our side of the family.” Even with that being the case, they gave some other guests a ride home and they were “packed [in the car] like sardines but we had fun. You know this is war time and you can’t waste tires or gasoline making two trips.”

There is one other detail about the wedding in that the grooms brother “Vincent came for a furlough a whole week I think it was and he had to report to camp on Saturday and Eddie’s wedding was on Sunday. He sent telegrams to camp [asking] if he could stay and they wouldn’t allow him so he just took three extra days and stayed. …Vincent said that he would tear off his stripe so that the commanding officer wouldn’t have the privilege of doing it… He didn’t seem worried about what would happen to him when he got back. One woman at the wedding said that her brother asked for an extension of his furlough but they didn’t give it to him so he took it himself and when he got back to camp he just walked in casually and nobody even missed him… I hope it would work for Vincent.”  

By the time the 10th rolls around, Anna’s husband Eddie begins his one week vacation. They have no plans to go anywhere, but Eddie is looking forward to getting caught up on a bunch of jobs around the house. Anna also mentions that they haven’t seen Eddie and Rose since their wedding and that as far as their other cousin who went AWOL in order to attend the wedding “How Vincent made out I don’t know. But he probably is sitting in the guardhouse singing ‘If I Had the Wings of an Angel’.”

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