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Name one way wars (ex: Cold Wars, War in Vietnam, etc.)  were important to the people of Washington state. This is one of the questions in my little sister's (4th grade) social studies book. Please make the answer simple.

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Washington State is a coastal state, meaning we were closer to Japan and to Vietnam and Korea than other parts of the United States.  This meant that many soldiers and supplies were moved through our state on their way to and from the battlefields of the Pacific and Asia.

Many of our warships were (and are) parked here in Washington, including nuclear submarines that we used all through the Cold War to protect the country. Forts were built along Washington's coast to protect against possible attack or invasion.

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Of course, everyone from our state that participated in a war was affected by that war.  So wars were important to many of those people and their families.  For example, one guy who was my student here in Washington was killed in Iraq.  His death affected all of us in the little town where he went to high school.

On a larger scale, the Tri-Cities were built up partly because of the Hanford nuclear facility.  That nuclear facility was used by the US government during the Cold War to make the stuff that goes into nuclear weapons.

 

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