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

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Uncle Lenny



My mother nearly collapsed
when she heard that
her brother had been
shot down over Germany.

We knew nothing for
weeks, until one day,
the Red Cross notified us
that he was in a POW camp.

And then we got a letter.
Uncle Lenny is okay.
He is with other Americans.
He has only one request:

Send socks.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

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