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The Air Raid Shelter
Under the Gold Elementary

chronicled by
Lyla "Lou" Womack

The war years were scary for us because our open area for riding bikes was sealed off with sandbags from concrete floor to ceiling for an emergency air raid shelter. Those sandbags were always gentle reminders of the strategic location in which we lived. During the war I vividly remember the many ships that came through, the blackouts, and the air raid drills at school. With anxious hearts, when a drill was called, all of the students and teachers from the first story level which was supported underneath by concrete pillars, would run down the outside stairs to the ground level shelter made of sandbags.There we would wait until the ³all clear³ signal was given, needless to say, never soon enough for me! Those were scarey days for me as a child.

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