I have said before that my mom was a staunch Democrat as I once was. In her day among her people the Democrats were quite conservative. Anyway not to be political on this Memorial Day (31st), I am again sharing some excerpts from her book, “The Forties, Baca County History.” Her notes are copied from a weekly newspaper “The Plainsman Herald” from Springfield. Thus the dates do not necessarily coincide with the event.
April 19, 1945: “President Roosevelt Dies” Senator Harry Truman took the oath of office as 33rd President of the United States at 7:09 Thursday night, two hours and 34 minutes after President Roosevelt died of cerebral hemorrhage in his Warm Springs Georgia, cottage on April 12, 1945….
May 3, 1945 In memory of President Roosevelt….. “And All The Trumpets Sounded.” The people’s President is gone and another name has been added to the long list of casualties. Whether or not we approved of all of his policies and actions, whether we were among his critics or his friends, we admit his greatness and his overwhelming desire to serve America and the cause of peace. A great American has left us and the nation grieves for this man who rose so bravely above physical handicaps. The only tribute he would want would be renewed unity of the American people in striving to achieve the ideals for which he lived and hoped and fought and died. His undying purpose – The brotherhood of all men.
May 7, 1945 War with Germany ends.
Two comments from me.
First, I note that the President died less than one month before Nazi Germany surrendered! All that work, all that war, all those turbulent years of heartbreak and he did not get to reap in the victory.
Second, I note and remember how united our country was during that war. The conflict made the “Home Front” stand together. Republicans did not fight against the President.* Given that “Home Front” situation, Roosevelt’s undying purpose “The brotherhood of all men” was a reasonable goal and one that materialized in the aftermath of war for a generation.
Third, I wonder what it will take to unite us again. Maybe this is part of what President Trump is referring to when he says to Make America Great Again. Not a bad dream, is it?
*I believe the issue between Democrats and Republicans in Roosevelt’s time was more along economic lines, not social and foreign issues. Perhaps I am wrong. Your comments are valued.