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Old 06-13-2018, 04:37 PM
 
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I think this is nice. Maybe it's me, but I somehow imagine that letters then were more valued than the emails today.


Dear Mom, the Warís Going Great

A hard-bitten veteran of the Spanish-American and Philippine wars, Pershing, known as Black Jack, hardly seemed the type of soldier to harbor a sentimental streak. But it was Pershing who, on May 8, 1918, issued a general order strongly suggesting that American soldiers, known as doughboys, write Motherís Day letters.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/12/o...ing-great.html
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:26 PM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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I think this is nice. Maybe it's me, but I somehow imagine that letters then were more valued than the emails today.

Dear Mom, the Warís Going Great

A hard-bitten veteran of the Spanish-American and Philippine wars, Pershing, known as Black Jack, hardly seemed the type of soldier to harbor a sentimental streak. But it was Pershing who, on May 8, 1918, issued a general order strongly suggesting that American soldiers, known as doughboys, write Motherís Day letters.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/12/o...ing-great.html
Wholeheartedly agree. I feel letters are far more sentimental and touching because they can be held in our hands and we see the writers handwriting. Usually they are kept, saved and cherished, especially from loved ones (for any reason and at anytime), the paper gets old, maybe yellowed and faded perhaps, they're like a snapshot in time.

I have saved many letters over the years and still have the ones which are important to me. My mother is gone over 20 years now but I still have letters she wrote to me when I lived overseas. Yes, they still touch my heart today and I am now older than she was when she wrote them to me.

It seems as if letter writing has become a lost art, going the way of the dodo bird.
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:42 PM
 
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And, not only that - perhaps letters were cherished because they were rarer than emails, and we knew they were usually done with more thought and care?
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Old 06-17-2018, 03:38 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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How thoughtful of General Pershing. Just minutes before the Armistice that ended WW I took effect Soldiers and Marines were needlessly ordered to attack enemy positions despite the fact that Pershing and his subordinate commanders knew for two days prior exactly when hostilities would cease. These reckless attacks either killed or wounded 3,550 men under Pershing's command. Probably some of them were the men who urged on by Pershing wrote those letters to their mothers.
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