Memorial Day is an important holiday to America; it’s a day we set aside to honor the men and woman who have given their lives to protect our country and its freedom’s. It is one of the ways we show our gratitude to them and express our patriotism for our country.
Walt Disney was in no way short of American pride and patriotism. America was important to Walt; he believed in this country, its people and its future.
It was evident at a young age that he had a desire to serve his country in any way he could. While Walt never actually served in the armed services, he was a strong supporter of Americans in uniform, even as a teenager. World War I took place when Walt attended high school; he drew patriotic comics for his school newspaper. Those illustrations displayed his fervent support for the troops. He used his comics to suggest how to help sustain our country, like buying saving stamps or eating less so more food could be sent overseas for the troops.
At age 16, (too young to join the armed forces), Walt joined The American Red Cross Ambulance Service. Here is a short video, narrated by Walt himself explaining how this journey took place.Walt Disney in World War I
His passion for America continued into his adulthood, not just in his personal life, but his professional one as well. During World War II, Walt created and produced nearly 68 hours of training, propaganda and documentary films for the US armed forces. “He and the studio went on to produce live-action films which also told classic American stories, such as”Johnny Tremain” and”Westward Ho! The Wagons.” On TV, he celebrated the American folk hero with stories of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.” – found on (http://www.wdwradio.com/2012/07/top-10-walt-disney-quotes-on-america/)
I will leave you with two of Walt’s quotes, showing his love and belief in his country.
“Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is glowing this red, white, and blue stripe.”
“Tomorrow will be better as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.”
Walt Disney ~
Happy Memorial Day