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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

When I Grow Up



When I grow up
I'll join the WACs.
Instead of dresses
I'll put on slacks.

When I grow up
I'll join the WAVES.
I'll learn to swim
and I'll be brave.

When I grow up
I'll join the Nurses
and save the soldiers
from rides in hearses.

When I grow up
I'll join the poets.
My words have power.
My rhymes will show it!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. WAVES, WAC, and Red Cross posters courtesy University of Maryland.