A massive series of changes were ushered in for the Golden State by the Second World War. California's role after the war would be as crucial as it had been during the war itself. In the spring of 1945, as war weary Californians looked forward to a new era of peace, the first meeting of the newly created United Nations took place at the San Francisco Opera House.
Millions of returning GIs were processed through California depots and de-embarkation centers. Of the over 800,000 Californians who served during the war, 26,019 would give their lives in it. Tens of thousands of wounded servicemen faced the long road to recovery in California military hospitals and rehabilitation centers.