Remember Dec. 7th!
Office of War Information poster, 1942
NMAH Armed Forces History Collection
Gift of Darwin R. Martin
times of war, the flag has often been used to rally
support for the nations cause, stir patriotic emotions,
and propel citizens to act. This poster by artist Allen Saalburg
was commissioned in 1942 by the Office of War Information,
a federal agency created to promote the wartime activities
and policies of the U.S. government. Using poignant words
from Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address,... we
here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in
vain ..., the poster suggested that the nation, once
threatened by civil war, now faced another historic challenge.
The powerful image of the tattered
flag flying at half-staff appealed to Americans to remember
the grief and outrage they felt after Pearl Harbor and to
channel those emotions into action.