I went to school during the war years.Was in first grade in 1941.I remember singing the national anthem and reciting the Lord's Prayer every morning while facing the American flag.
We really began our reading lessons early because we all wanted to know what was going on in Europe and the Pacific. Magazines we read were Look, Life and Time. There were probably others but can't remember them now.
There were 3 newspapers in Chicago at the time and if parents didn't have them at home, the school did.We sold Defense Stamps at 10 cents apiece and adults sold war bonds for the support of our troops.We collected newspapers, old metal and grease drippings for the war effort.We kids were very much involved in helping to win the war.We were extremely saddened by the loss of a classmate's father in the war and cried along with them, especially in 1942.We learned to sing all the war songs from Europe and the US. We knew the words of all the songs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
Those days were the worst of times and the best of times.