75 years ago, D-Day In St. Louis was a day of dedication and of devotion. Patriotism was at the highest point it had reached in the war period. Tension of long waiting was relieved, but the effect tended not to frivolity, but to a new solemnity, as the dangers of the attack, and the tremendous importance of the outcome, were realized.
The religiously minded took the occasion, as church leaders had prepared them to do, for prayer and expressions of faith. Those who did not join openly in such exercises nevertheless were in accord with their underlying spirit.
Two things powerfully stimulated this feeling among the people of St. Louis. The first was the earlier news, of absorbing interest to religious folk and to unbelievers alike, of the taking of Rome. The other was the demonstration at Union Station, late the previous afternoon, which greeted the arrival of the first contingent of the returning 138th Infantry, former St, Louis National Guard regiment, home from the Aleutians and on furlough from a southern camp.
Here's a page-by-page look at how the Post-Dispatch covered D-Day.
Subscribe today for 99 cents and get faster-loading pages and free access to two years of the Post-Dispatch archives.