While Okotoks men and women left to serve their country in World War II, those left at home did all they could to support the war effort.
Local school children raised money for the Red Cross to buy blankets. Women’s groups knitted socks, sweaters and mittens. Many women took on non-traditional roles working in factories, farms and flying training schools. Families purchased Victory Bonds and War Savings Certificates to help fund the war. They rationed sugar, coffee, meat, and flour, among other staples. Perhaps, most importantly, they wrote letters to those at the front.
The following stories provide a glimpse into what life was like on the home front during World War II.
We will be adding new stories weekly to this virtual exhibit between May 8, 2020 (the 75th anniversary of VE Day) and Aug. 15, 2020 (the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – Victory over Japan).