North Platte Canteen – One Book One Nebraska 2014

Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob GreeneOnce Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene is Nebraskas reading choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. In this nonfiction story, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene goes out in search of \”the best America there ever was,\” and finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today–a town where Greene discovers the echoes of a love story between a country and its sons.During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, NE, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. This small town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen-staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers-was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Once Upon a Town tells the story of how this plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

Full story – via One Book One Nebraska 2014.


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