I don't like war but I do appreciate the sacrifice and understand the need on a philosophical level. Even more so, I appreciate simple acts of patriotism like this photo. I know these men didn't self organize and depending upon what you read, it was either a commercial effort or it was sanctioned by the government for a campaign to sell war bonds. That doesn't really matter. What is more important are the grand gestures like this that were being made during a terrible time. Gestures that were clearly meant to inspire our nation's people – whether grieving family, young soldier, rations-strapped family or beleaguered General. It is a bygone era and an act that would inspire more snark than cheers if it was repeated today.
I obviously don't know anyone who served in WWI but on this Memorial day, I do remember my Grandfather, who served in WWII, my mom's first husband who lost his life in Vietnam, and both my father and father-in-law who worked diligently but thankfully never saw active duty. I hope I could be so brave if ever faced with such a situation.