Editorial A “Well Done” and “Thank You” As CD Makes Its Exit

June 28, 1945

The Office of Civilian Defense, established four years ago to carry out protective black-out regulations and to cope with home-front emergencies resulting from possible enemy air attacks, officially passes out of the picture on June 30.

One of the brighter and more pleasant features of the unhappy business of war was the cooperation of so many fine people in Civilian Defense. In our own Sykesville organization, serving Freedom and Berrett districts were approximately 200 persons, all volunteers, who helped with the work of the CD. At a time when the German air force presented a menace to America’s East coast, these patriotic citizens voluntarily attended training classes, were assigned specific posts and filled these places commendably. With the cooperation of a war-conscious public, practice blackouts and alerts soon became smooth-working affairs. It was our good fortune that the “real thing,” the enemy raids, for which Civilian Defense trained to a fine degree of efficiency, never materialized. As Goering, the German air chief, told his American captors, “You were lucky that the war didn’t last another year or that we didn’t start work on our rockets one year earlier.”

As Civilian Defense now passes from the scene, there is just cause for all who had a hand in it to look with pride to the fact that they had organized and ready for the test, a capable and working CD organization. No less than 23 blackouts and day-time alerts were handled by the Sykesville office. To the clerks who patiently spent long hours by the telephones in the local warning center; to the busy men and women who found time to take CD and First Aid courses; to the people who served as sub-warning centers and road-blocks at various points throughout the Freedom-Berrett area; to the air-raid wardens, auxiliary policemen and firemen, and to all others who helped with the effort,–the write, who combined with some convenience the office of country newspaper editor and that of local CD coordinator, passes on the commendations by the various defense authorities for a homefront job well done. And to these words of praise may be added the thanks of the public in whose behalf the CD volunteers labored.

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