Remembrances of War

Children are affected by any war, but not always in the same way.

Former Columbus-Ledger Editorial Page Editor Billy Winn says his experience during WWII differed greatly from what children are going through as a result of the terrorist attacks on America.

A big difference was the way news reached children: on the radio, in magazines like Life,  and newsreels in the theaters. The images of war were scary, but they were scenes from far away. Nothing like now, where children repeatedly saw destruction in the United States on television.

For children in this area, WWII was a time of involvement. Drives to collect metal and paper were common. Winn was involved as a young boy, but he also had time to play games, games that he still remembers.

"We played war, war games," said Winn. "The soldiers of WWII were our heroes."

There were sad moments, such as casualties,  and the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

"I was on my bicycle, and I went over to my grandmother's house," said Winn. "She said, 'The president is dead.'"

Overall, Winn recalls a feeling of excitement.

"What I remember about that time was that the whole period had a sort of electrical sense," said Winn. "Everybody was doing something in the war effort."