There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Monday, April 11, 2011




Appliances, hosiery,
butter, coffee, shoes,
anything rubber, sugar,

The list goes on and on,
but I think, what I miss most
are the smiles, the teases,
the boasts, the charms,
the arms, the kisses
of boys.

Gone to factories.
Gone to war.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Stockings, fuel, young men posters courtesy University of Maryland.

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