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, March 22, 2011

Class Assignment



Miss Barnes gave us
a rather odd assignment,
or so I thought, at first.

We were each to make
an autograph book and
head downtown.

Once there, we were
to gather the autographs
of every serviceman we met.

We were not to look for
heroes, but for the common
sailor or foot soldier.

We were told to be polite,
to introduce ourselves, and
to carry on a conversation.

Miss Barnes indicated
that we might be surprised
by what happened.

We were surprised!
By the delighted "Who me?"
By the willingness to comply.

And most of all,
by the enormous smiles
of ordinary guys

who suddenly stood
taller than admirals
and generals.

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