WWII 'war brides' share stories, cultures at annual gathering

Thursday, October 7, 2010 | 11:21 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — About 100 foreign-born women who married U.S. servicemen during or after World War II are gathering near St. Louis.

The five-day meeting of the so-called "war brides" has been a yearly occurrence, staged in a different U.S. city as a time for the women to share how they met their husbands while recalling the family and cultures they left behind.

Rae Zurovcik, who originally was from London but now lives in Pennsylvania, says the women consider themselves sisters.

It's estimated that more than 500,000 WWII war brides eventually came to the United States. KSDK-TV reports that the group convening since Wednesday at a hotel near St. Louis' Lambert Airport represent 24 different countries, cultures and languages.

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