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Most People Have Never Seen These 26 Photos Taken During WWII In Virginia

In September of 2015, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Even though it was not fought on American soil, Virginia offers many reminders of the war and its heroes with sites like Arlington Cemetery in Arlington and the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. As the year comes to a close, we want to take a minute to look back at some of the roles Virginia played in what we all hope will be the last conflict of such magnitude.

World War II broke out in Europe in 1939, the same year that the Great Depression was coming to a close in the United States. While military leaders and strategists could see the writing on the wall, many Americans hoped that the conflict might pass them by. In Virginia, we had slowly started to recover from the depression, many farmers were working on Farm Security Administration farms and jobs were being created. However, with the bombing on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States government could no longer avoid the inevitable and soon after, we entered the war.

Virginia has a long and proud military history, dating back to the earliest days of colonization. With a large number of military bases, installments and airfields in the state, World War II brought a great deal of activity to Virginia. Not only did thousands of Virginia men leave home to serve, countless women and children stepped up to provide support for the war efforts.

The following images show a small portion of what Virginia gave to the war effort here on our home shores.

While many veterans of World War II have passed on, many Virginians remember clearly what it was like to grow up during a war. Do you have special experiences or memories of World War II that you would like to share? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.