Featured Document Display: Write to Mom. That’s an order!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
East Rotunda Gallery

This World War I–era telegram relays the Secretary of War’s desire that all commanding  officers and soldiers write a letter home for Mother’s Day. By the date of this communication, May 6, 1919, those moms had been waiting almost six months for their children to come home. Although the Armistice was announced in November 1918, it took over a year to transport the millions of American troops stationed overseas back to the United States.

Mother's Day Telegram; May 6, 1919
Mother's Day Telegram; May 6, 1919, National Archives, Records of the Army Air Forces