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Soldier welcome, Portland, ca. 1945

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Soldier welcome, Portland, ca. 1945 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 10, page 321.

Peace finally came in August of 1945 after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan.

Mainers, like Americans everywhere, were eager to see the end of the war and welcome home their loved ones from overseas.

Celebrations throughout Maine lasted for days. Church bells chimed, confetti was strewn, and crowds filled the streets. Happy reunions, like the one shown in this photograph, occurred in homes all over the state.