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Women's role in WWII topic of local discussion

STERLING – The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society will host “The Journey To Mollie’s War: WACs and WWII” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Learning Center, 611 E. Third St.

Cyndee Schaffer, whose mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was a member of the Women’s Army Corps, will discuss her mother’s service and the Corps’ role in World War II. WAC members were the first women other than nurses to serve overseas in the war, and have been described as the unsung heroes of the war.

Schaffer collaborated with her 91-year-old mother to write the book, “Mollie’s War,” which uses excerpts from her mother’s letters home during the war to help provide a glimpse into the life of women in uniform during a crucial time in history.

Her presentation Sunday will detail Mollie’s experiences from basic training in October 1943 to the dramatic moment when the Statue of Liberty came into view upon her return home in November 1945. She’ll retrace the footsteps of the women who served in London before D-Day and during the post D-Day German buzz bomb attacks before being transferred to Normandy, then Paris after its liberation by the Allies, and finally to Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Army of Occupation before returning to the United States.

The program is free, but donations are always welcome to help support the society’s mission. Light refreshments will be served. Call Terry Buckaloo at 815-622-6215, or go to facebook.com/Srfhs for more information.

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