Veterans from all generations are connected by selfless service, sacrifice and the belief that they are protecting something greater than themselves. No matter where they are sent, they bring their traditions with them, and Christmas is no exception.
Christmas mail arrives at Bruvans, France, 1917 much to the joy and happiness of the U.S. servicemen
Pfc. Edmund Dill opens the Christmas package received from his wife. His buddies share the treat. Left, Pfc. Carl Anker; Right, Sergt. Ted Bailey. ETO, 11/18/44
Seated at a box in a storehouse for artillery shells, Pvt. Walter E. Prsybyla, member of the 2nd Infantry Division, addresses Christmas cards to the folks back home. B Btry, 37th FA, 2nd Inf. Div., FUSA, Heckhalenfeld, Germany.
A Christmas package for happy Corporal Robert B. Chamberlin, member of a United States Marine Corps unit stationed in the southwestern Pacific. Christmas for this Marine Corps unit will lack the proverbial trimmings on this island of coconut palms and bananas, but packages and mail from home helped make up for that.
Sitting around a miniature Christmas tree and opening a Christmas package are (front row, left to right) S/Sgt. John F. Suchanek; and Pfc. Joseph G. Pierro; and (back row) Sgt. Charles M. Myrich; and Sgt. Leon L. Oben. All are members of F. A. Bn., 3rd Div. Pietramelara, Italy. December 16, 1943.
Personnel on the USS Lexington celebrate Christmas with make-shift decorations and a helmeted Santa Claus (December 1944).
Bob Hope and Ann Jillian perform at the USO Christmas Tour during Operation Desert Shield
Who can forget General Washington Crossing the Delaware? Painting by Emanuel Leutze, 1851.