Homeland security was a local affair during World War II in what David Grima, in a recent column, referred to as the Independent Republic of St. George.

The picture above shows constables appointed by the town early in the war to defend St. George in case enemy saboteurs landed on the shores. Most of the men shown in the picture were too old to serve in the regular military; some had served in World War I. They were a formidable group.

The war united the community as it had never been before or has been since. Women participated in neighborhood White Cross projects to make bandages to be sent overseas, children bought savings stamps at school, men worked in the shipyards. Every recyclable item was saved: tinfoil, used toothpaste tubes, and even kitchen grease were turned in to help the war effort.

Now only seniors have even vague memories of the blackouts. They can recall the shore patrol, shaded headlights, rationing, and the initial shock of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and perhaps their service in the military.

The St. George Historical Society hopes to hear and record their memories at the St. George Historical Society meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at St. George Grange Hall on the Wiley’s Corner Road. There will be a potluck supper at 6:30. Everyone is invited.

For more information, call James Skoglund 372-8893.