Then as now, people felt the need to send love to the heroes who fought and bled for our country.
Years have passed since the troops in the photo trimmed their unit's tree in wartime Europe.
Many of their buddies will be away from home again this Christmas, suffering their last illnesses in VA hospitals and nursing homes.
And, as today's wars enter their 10th year, hearts are breaking once again. Right now, a new generation is listening to "I'll be Home for Christmas" in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea.
We must all think of the young veteran whose wounds make it impossible to cut down a Christmas tree or hang lights on their homes.
Bing Crosby soothed homesick hearts with "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Some say he did more for military morale than anyone of his era.
You'll continue his efforts as you care for those who paid a price in blood and health to give you the incredible gift of freedom.
As Christmas draws near, will you reach out to our Disabled American Veterans now with your holiday gift of $25 ... $50 ... $100 or more?
Remembering Heroes Over the Holidays!
Arthur H. Wilson, National Adjutant
Disabled American Veterans
P.S. You still have time to ask your friends and family to donate to DAV in lieu of a gift this year. Send a DAV eCard today and ask them to Pay It Forward!