Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day - Appreciate America

Today is the day we honour the sacrifices our military veterans have made. In Canada and other Commonwealth countries we refer to today as Remembrance Day - for my American friends it's Veterans Day.

I thought the following would be an appropriate image to post.

This patriotic poster was printed in August 1941 for the Department of Education, and is from a set of nine featuring famous cartoon characters from the 1930s and 1940s. Other posters in the series featured images of Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy, Uncle Bim and Chester from The Gumps, Joe Palooka, Harold Teen, The Toodle Family, and Don Winslow.

Donald Duck was featured on his own poster with the tagline: "I get exasperated at people who squawk!" The Mickey Mouse image on the poster in this entry was also printed on a cachet.

View last year's blog post here.

Having personally interviewed around four dozen WW II veterans, I am fully aware of the sacrifices they've made, and what they've done to guarantee the freedoms many of us take for granted. The next time you see a veteran, consider offering them a word of thanks.


Paula said...

This is a terrific poster! Thanks for sharing it. We owe our veterans so much. I think of my dad, who was a medic on the European fronts, and my uncles who flew missions over Japan. I just finished reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. It's a tough read, but absolutely worth it. It also gave me a glimpse into what one of my uncles went through as a Japanese POW.

Tinker Bell said...

Great stuff and a wonderful interview. Thank you for sharing!