Memories of Growing Up in Marysville


Editor’s note: This is the 63rd of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
V J Day
I was talking with a neighbor some time ago about V J Day, that wonderful August day in 1945, when Japan announced it’s unconditional surrender, thus ending World War II. The neighbor is a retired photographer, so it is not surprising that his first memory of the day was that award winning photo of a sailor kissing a young woman in a white dress in the heart of Times Square. That celebration was certainly the largest and most famous of all the celebrations that took place on that memorable hot day.
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