The mortal realities of war must be impressed
vividly on every citizen. There is a lighter
side to the war picture, particularly among
Americans, who are irrepressibly cheerful and
optimistic. But war means death. It means suffering
and sorrow. The men in the service are given
no illusions as to the grimness of the business
in which they are engaged. We owe it to them
to rid ourselves of any false notions we may
have about the nature of war.
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guard against complacency, the Government promoted
messages that reminded civilian America of the
suffering and sacrifices that were being made
by its Armed Forces overseas.