Definition of SACRIFICE

1: an act of offering to a deity something precious

2: something offered in sacrifice

3 a : destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else b : something given up or lost <the sacrifices made by parents>

4: loss <goods sold at a sacrifice>


Unlike contemporary American wars, World War II required involvement of all our nation’s citizens. Food and gasoline were rationed. Mills and factories stopped producing cars and appliances and began manufacturing trucks and planes and tanks, uniforms, cots, and blankets.

Stores and factories, farms and businesses were short of manpower, so the wives and mothers went to work, most of whom had never had jobs outside the home. Factories went on 24-hour shifts, and neighborhoods all appointed air wardens to make sure that every home had lights shaded during air raid drills. Radio announcers and newspaper editors were prohibited from publicizing weather reports in order to complicate any potential attack plans of the Axis Powers.

And it should never be forgotten that many, many families endured the ultimate sacrifice when they received a War Department telegram or a knock on the door by a uniformed military team announcing the death of their loved one in combat.


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