War & Valentine's Day

War & Valentine's Day

Despite the destruction of war, soldiers celebrated Valentine’s Day throughout history. During the American Civil War, one solider wrote Virginian Mollie Lyne a Valentine’s Day love letter.

Mid all the trials and toils of war, 
The clash of arms, the cannon’s roar, 
The many scenes of desolation and strife, 
And varying fortunes which surround this life. 
Naught else disturbs me, half so much,
As the nightly visions which haunt my couch. 
But why should I not be happy? 
Ah! Methinks that thou canst tell, 
Thou hast me bound, as if by spell, 
I love thee Mollie, with all my heart.

By the 1820s, February 14th was celebrated as a romantic holiday. Cut out hearts, doilies, cupids, and love letters began making their way in the American home.

In the 1860s, during the civil war, newspapers described Cupid as being ready for war with his bow and arrow.



The soldiers had a difficult time celebrating Valentine’s Day because of the harshness of the Civil War in the Confederate States of America. Still, they did not give up in fighting for their country and allowing their hearts to be filled with love for their partners and families back home. Valentine’s Day cards still made it through to these men on the battlefields.

During the second year of World War I, The American Fund for French Wounded was created by American women to help fund medical supplies to wounded French soldiers. As this brutal war continued, this group came up with humorous poems and an American watercolorist came up with the idea of creating funny patriotic Valentines.
During World War II, when soldiers received Valentines, their morale was boosted. When the women addressed their letters “Dear John” instead of “My Dearest Johnny,” it was not good news. This meant that they had decided to move on to a different man and did not want to wait for the soldier’s return.  When soldiers received Dear John letters, they were left broken-hearted, especially during Valentine’s Day.

The Vietnam War had many Valentines as well, though Valentine’s Day was not a happy day during this war. On February 14, 1970, a battle that became known as “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” left 8 soldiers dead and 20 severely injured.

On February 19, 1968, a soldier writes a letter and draws a Valentine saying:  “Say, I'm listening to AFVN Radio and I just heard a song. Since I was trying to think of something more than I love you its very appropriate. ‘My love is higher than the highest mountain deeper than the deepest sea. My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine stronger than the strongest steel’- or something like that I forgot. Any way, you get the message don't you? In case you don't turn to the next page….. This is a genuine home made valentine.”

Even during war, love perseveres!

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