When T.G. Sheppard sang his song by that name, he was singing about loneliness and feelings of abandonment and one way of dealing with them.
The Home Front was actually worse than that, however, and you can learn more by visiting the Ellis County Museum, 201 S. College St., Waxahachie, on Saturday, Nov. 9, during the Veterans Day reenactments downtown to see how much worse. Mendy and Emi Autrey will reenact how life was here in Waxahachie during World War II and explain the hardships they would have endured.
In addition to the loneliness of having loved ones away in places of danger, there were shortages of almost everything. It is not much of an exaggeration to say, “If you didn’t grow it, you couldn’t have it.” Meat and vegetables were severely limited because, if you were eating it, the fighting men wouldn’t have it. Gasoline was limited and new cars or pickups or even tires did not exist for people here, on the Home Front.
And did you know people here had to conform to strict standards to stop air raids from the Japanese or German bombers?
Visit the Waxahachie Civic Center for the annual Ellis County Veterans Ceremony from 10 a.m.-noon, have a little lunch and then come to the museum from 1-3 p.m. to learn all about life right here in the Gingerbread City during the war years. The annual WW II reenactment begins at 3 p.m. nearby.
For more information, call the museum at 972-937-0681.