World War II



The US Post Office issued a gold star mothers postage stamp on September 21, 1948. The 3 cent stamp is gold and displays a five-pointed star superimposed on a palm leaf with the words “Gold Star Mothers” inscribed below.

History Repeats

A day after St. Anthony parish celebrated the Jubilee anniversary of its foundation, the entire world was stunned when Germany signed a nonaggression pact with Poland on August 23 paving the way for the beginning of World War II with Hitler assured that his troops would not have to fight a war on two fronts. On September 1, Germany invaded Poland.

The Invasion of Belgium

In May shortly before school left out, the Belgian, army tried unsuccessfully for 18 days to stop them, but surrendered to the Nazis on May 28.

U.S. Entry into the War

When the United States entered the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the parishioners of Ss. Anthony and Margaret rallied behind their country’s defense, as they had done in the first World War.

Gold Star Mothers

Blue Stars (indicating that a family had a son or daughter serving in the war) began to appear in the windows of many homes in Allouez and Itasca. As the war raged on, more and more Gold Stars (indicating that a loved one in the family had been killed in the war) also began to appear. Ss. Anthony and Margaret’s valiant sons were offering their lives to help pay the cost of freedom. Having served their country with heroism and dedication, an appreciative nation expressed its deepest gratitude.