This isn’t a bunch of school kids praying, it’s the Duck and Cover. I started elementary school in the 1960’s, at Lincoln school, where they taught me the nuclear bomb drill — Duck and Cover. Everyone had to prepare for a nuclear bomb blast from the Soviet Union. At school, I dutifully dove under my desk and hid in the fetal position.
You had to stay away from windows and cover yourself — protect your face and skin from breaking glass, and a sunburn that you would never forget (until you were dead.) But I don’t remember being told this part.
I think the siren was the two-tone sound — going up and then down:
Some sirens were one-tone. Here’s a SD-10 Federal air raid siren that a guy sounds off.
They made movies to teach us as well — the famous “Duck and Cover” produced by the Federal Civil Defense Administration. There was a cartoon character — a turtle named Bert that taught kids how he hides in his shell for safety when a monkey waves a firecracker over his head.Hmmm…. no wonder I was confused and not too worried.
I asked my hubby if he remembers doing the drill and he replied, “of course, it was a chance to see a girl’s underwear.” Yea we wore dresses. Never thought of that. See, men are visual, even when they’re young.