Honoring our Ancestors who served in World War II
ORDER OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
The objects of the ORDER OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational, and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of those men and women who rendered honorable service for their country; to promote fellowship among their descendants; to inspire them and the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for the heritage, deeds, and memory of our ancestors; to encourage historical research; to acquire and preserve the records of their individual services, as well as documents, relics, and landmarks; to mark the scenes of the fallen soldiers by appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries of the prominent events of their time period; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institution of freedom.
Any man or woman shall be eligible for membership in the Order who, being a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal or collateral descendant, in the male or female line, of an ancestor, man or woman, who served in the armed forces or on the homefront, who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and redered active service in the cause for, his/her country.
The membership requirements for the Homefront or “Rosie the Riveter” are any jobs such as anyone:
- who worked in a wartime industry building war materials such as tanks, airplanes, ships for the war effort;
- who was a block warden checking blackout windows;
- who was with the American or International Red Cross;
- who was with the Merchant Marine;
- who was with the Federal Government in such wartime capacities as FBI, State Dept., War Dept., Selective Service, Rationing Boards, etc.;
I am sure that as time goes by we will find many more wartime job descriptions to list for eligibility requirements of the men and women who served their country. 1941-1945 were the dates of official American involvement in the Second World War; but this Order is open to anyone with an ancestor who served from any country, Allies or Axis, involved in the war from the year 1939 A.D. through the year 1945 A.D. (1939-1945).