Don Bolden

– Burlington, N. C.
8 – 12 years old during World War II

Bolden, who grew up to become the editor of the Burlington local newspaper, experienced World War II as a child — playing war games with his friends, seeing soldiers in uniform in Alamance County, participating in scrap and stamp drives, watching plywood airplanes fly out of Fairchild Aviation, and feeling the impact of rationing. With still-vivid memories of a father who was the air raid warden and a grandfather who maintained a victory garden, Bolden provided a window to the homefront during a world event that to this day, permeates his daily life.