1945: Aspen Rejoices With VE-Day Program
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society.
At last, the long forecast defeat of the German Armies brought rejoicing and Thanksgiving that further sacrifice of the lives of American boys on the altar of war in Europe was ended.While the world knew of the complete surrender of Germany Monday evening, the official (red tape) announcement had to be made at 7:00am Tuesday morning of the fact that VE-Day had arrived. Hostilities were to cease at 12:01am Tuesday morning May 9, which was 4:00 pm Aspen time.The announcement by President Truman of VE-Day was heralded in Aspen by sounding the siren on top of the Opera House. This was kept on for several minutes and most if not all of our citizens were awakened or reminded to tune in on the President’s speech.At 10 o’clock the bells on St. Mary’s Catholic Church , as well as the old Fire Bell pealed out the call to assemble at the Isis Theatre for the union program prepared last October by Rev. Babcock and Father Abbott.A goodly crowd assembled at 11 o’clock and the program chairman Mayor A. E. Robison called the Assembly to order and the program was started and with minor exceptions was the one worked out last October.Stores were closed and business was generally suspended. Court house offices, however, were open for business.Lions Approve Request For Good Pass RoadThe Lions Club met last Monday at the Hotel Jerome for their regular meeting and dinner. Reports were heard from County Commissioners Orest Gerbaz and Clarence Quam on their meeting with the Highway Planning Board in Denver.The Commissioners reported that they had urgently requested that consideration be given to the Independence Pass road and improvements begun at the earliest possible date. Specific request was made by the Club that the Pass road from Aspen to the old town of Independence be widened and straightened. The almost certain development Ski Center makes the development of Independence Pass road into an all-year imarative.
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