Once Upon a Town

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Analytical Essay of “Once Upon a Town” by Bob Greene

While the world was at war, and families were being separated from their loved ones, a tradition began on Christmas day in 1941 in North Platte Nebraska. “The Canteen” as it was called; actually a small railway station stop in North Platte changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for the better, both visitors and volunteers. The Canteen became legendary and the small city of North Platte. It, along with many cities surrounding made history around the world because of their commitment to and sacrifices for the soldiers that stopped albeit briefly at the “Canteen”. The Canteen in North Platte was born by accident, but clearly addressed a real need both emotional and physical for the local citizens and the soldiers that stopped there on their way across country during a very difficult time. When a group of local families from North Platte were told the train arriving on Christmas Day in 1941 was to have the local boys of North Platte on the train they prepared to meet their families with food, and drinks. Items made by hand and with love for their loved ones. What they found when the train arrived were soldiers that in fact were not their loved ones. Although they were disappointed with the fact that the young men that arrived were not their family, they saw the young soldiers were so happy to be met by them. So much gratitude from the soldiers that stopped that day, and true appreciation for the kindness of the locals who could have handled their disappointment in not seeing their own families differently, but chose to still share their treats and gifts to help make the scared young soldiers feel appreciated, even if only for a short time. It helped to create an idea, even if just a small token in size was, that the men were really appreciated. “The biggest thing was how the people made…...

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