As written on the wall in one of the exhibits at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
“Letters From Home,” by John Michael Montgomery, 2004
Happy postal music Sunday! Last time I was at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, I stopped by one of their exhibits on military mail. The incredible efforts of the postal service to make sure that soldiers received their letters was touching. You don’t have to support war to show kindness to a solider far from home, and that simple act can really make someone’s day. Before technology, letters were all families had to know that their loved ones were safe. They could hold on to the cheer of a letter for months.
Not only can a letter mean a lot to a soldier, but it can also mean a lot to their families back home. My box of Cheerios the other day explained a postcard project they’re teaming up with USO (United Service Organizations) to do. Basically, you cut out the postcard provided on your Cheerios box and write a little note to a military family, and drop it in the mail. USO makes sure it gets to families that could use the support. You can read more about the partnership here.