that ran in Wall Street Journal on, Monday
July 23, 2018 long ago but never too late to hear a story like this.
were overwhelmed," said Lt. Col. Nick Jaskolski. "I
really don't have words to describe how surprised and moved we all were.
I had never even heard of the town before."
Jaskolski, a veteran of the
charter bus company had been hired for the 18-hour drive back to
World War II,
townspeople made those 10 minutes count. Starting in December 1941 , they met every train: up to 23 a day, beginning at 5
a.m. and ending after midnight. Those volunteers greeted
between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers a day. They presented them with
sandwiches and gifts, played music for them, danced with them, baked
birthday cakes for them. Every day of the year, every day of the
war, they were there at the depot. They never missed a train,
never missed a soldier. They fed six million soldiers by the end
of the war. Not 1 cent of government money was asked for or spent,
save for a $5 bill sent by President Franklin D Roosevelt.
The soldiers never forgot the kindness. Most of them, and
most of the townspeople who greeted them, are gone now.