Witness to History:Long Island Remembers WWII
In 1945, the world was engaged in the final battles of World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. Seventy years later, Long Island remembers the efforts of our local servicemen and women who served in the second great war that helped define the 20th century.
"There were guys in my neighborhood who packed their lunch and left their houses within minutes of the announcement," Fabregas,of Massapequa Park, recalled. "I was envious of them, although I never saw some of them ever again."
Courtesy of Pete Fabregas
Throughout 1945, servicemen and women from all over Long Island were involved in the final push to reach Victory in Europe and Victory in the Pacific. Here are their stories.
A collection of World War II relics from LI and NYC veterans
A collection of animals that served in World War II, and the humans who cared for them.
Explore key events, major battles and milestones throughout World War II.
Photos of Long Islanders at war, and where they are now.
See what made headlines in this collection of Newsday covers from World War II.
The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center lists 43,254 New Yorkers who died in service during World War II. Find them here.
Newsday stories from World War II.
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