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Al McIntosh: July 4th
Al McIntosh writes about life in Luverne on July 4, 1944.
From THE WAR Episode 4 (Read by Tom Hanks):
VOICE: Luverne, Minnesota. We’ve had a couple of letters from boys out in the South Pacific asking for more of those columns describing how life “goes on” back in Rock County. Well, this is being written the evening of the Fourth of July, the quietest Fourth that Rock County has spent in many a decade.

First, people hung out their flags either at their home or their place of business. You never saw so many flags being displayed in Luverne. Then about noon they headed for the park down by the river under the big trees.

Some of the others, with their elders, were busy in a soft ball game. The old timers drifted over to the horseshoe pitching headquarters and as far away as the highway you could hear the familiar “clink” of the shoes hitting the steel peg.