US magazine covers from July 1942 displayed at the dedication of the World's Largest Wooden Nickel to the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Below is an excerpt from the Special Presentation given by our guest speaker, Jim Eskin, Vice President, Our Lady of the Lake University:
"Let's imagine those days of yesteryear and go back in time before there was cable, satellite and the Internet. You need to visit a news stand to catch up with the world.
At our favorite news stands, there are rows and rows of magazines on display.
Think about it: every magazine on every news stand, all across the country, every magazine. Every magazine; news, fashion, information, entertainment, finance, science, hobbies. Every magazine at every news stand, in every small town and every major city. Every magazine in every city in the entire nation. Every American magazine cast aside competitive instincts and joined together to do the same thing.
Just imagine walking by a news stand with all those magazines displaying the same glorious cover: The year is 1942. The month is July. The world is at war.
Americans are consumed with one priority and one priority only: Supporting the victory of and safe return home of our troops. And every magazine cover featured a photo of the American Flag. It had never happened before. It has never happened since.
But we submit to you today that the spirit of patriotism is alive and well in America, and it is time once again time to rally around the flag."
Tom and Herb presenting checks totalling $3,000 to the San Antonio Fisher Houses, under a picture of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. Pictured from left: Tom Auxier (Fisher House "Wooden Nickel" Fundraiser), Russell Fritz (Asst. Manager, Ft Sam Houston Fisher Houses), Ramona Lewis (Asst. Manager, Lackland Fisher Houses), and Herb Hornung (former owner, Old Time Wooden Nickel Co.)
Pictured from left:
Spc Robert Spraggins, Ghost 1 Cav, 1st Armored Div
Spc Dustin Meadows, 1 Cav Div, 2/8 cav
Tom Auxier, US Army Ret, Fisher House Fundraiser
Cpl Ryan Foster, 3-89 Cav, 10th Mtn
Cpl Louis Dahlman, 3-89 Cav, 10th Mtn