The Wilton Historical Society celebrates Memorial Day through the acknowledgment of a recently donated 1940s young girl’s navy uniform. Longtime patron of the society, Ruth Wolfe, made the donation.
The uniform, a charming navy blue skirt and jacket, is adorned with various pins and patches that indicate its origin. The JR WAVE patch, for example, refers to the W.A.V.E.S., a World War II division of the U.S. Navy, which consisted entirely of women in the 1940s. The name was the acronym for “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.” Back then, Wolfe notes, “The whole country was so deeply involved [in the war effort]... young and old.”