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A special thank you to those who have passed it on to others. We are heading quickly to amazing page visits to this blog! Welcome to folks from all over the country and other countries as well, including Lisbon!!

The "Village", as it was called, is located in the northwest corner of the city of Taunton, Massachusetts U.S.A. It covers about 1 square mile with the center being School Street. A large portion of the Village population was Portuguese when I was growing up.

This blog covers a lot of the history of the Village, much to do with my years as a child there: 1940 through the late 1950's. I do have many wonderful photos and information prior to that that and will share those as well. Always looking for MORE PHOTOS AND MORE STORIES TO TELL.

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I am looking for any and all photos of the Village...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Ziggy was wounded in France suffering from shrapnel wounds and burns on both ankles.  The scarring and pain would stay with him he whole life. Who knows what memories were also embedded in his mind: he never spoke of them.  He had that in common with
 many veterans of that global catastrophe.

Finally, the war in Europe ended.  Paris was liberated and Ziggy was there with his unit.  This photograph is the inspiration for this entire series of blog posts.  It is incredible.  I wish I could enlarge it more.  Ziggy is in the bottom row, fifth from the right.  He wears a pensive expression. Many of the faces we see here are as serious and thoughtful as he, perhaps reflecting
on the heavy cost paid to get to this moment.

The war ended in Europe in 1945.  In 1946, Ziggy and Alveda were married in Taunton at St. Anthony's Church.  They could now start their new life together and would not be apart again until they each passed on and were united for eternity.

We are so very fortunate to have been able to piece together this story.  As we know, we are losing WWII veterans rapidly each day, and often their stories are lost with them.  It is an honor to consign this one to where it will not be forgotten. 

 Thank you, Aunt Alveda and Uncle Ziggy, for this history and personal memory trip.  I hope that we have done it justice.

A deep appreciation goes out out to my cousin Shelley, their daughter, and to
my late cousin, her brother Barry for keeping this collection safe.
  Thank you, Shelley, you have done your family proud!


Postscript: next post will finish the Camp Myles Standish saga and acknowledge my other sources.

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