For 306 Years Norwood Has backed-Up Her 1351 Fighting Sons!
February 13, 1942 – The Norwood Messenger
1636 to 1774
64 MEN to the Colonial Wars
1775 to 1783
119 MEN to the Revolution
1812 to 1814
1 MAN to the War of 1812
1861 to 1865
78 MEN to the Civil War
1898 to 1898
5 MEN to the Spanish War
1914 to 1918
584 MEN to the World War No. 1
1941 to ?
500 MEN to the World War No. 2
Mr. and Mrs. Citizen of Norwood: Your present duty is clearly written on bronze tablets bearing proud words which look down on the busy figures of the Red Cross women workers in Memorial Hall.
These words are the names of the 1351 men who have gone to eight wars from Norwood during the past 306 years. It’s a noble record—an inspiring list which shouts to every Norwood citizen: “Back up the Norwood boys today by supporting the Red Cross and the United Service Organizations just as Norwood stood behind its sons when such organizations did not exist!
Norwood’s support of her soldiers and sailors begins way back in 1636 when the mother town of Dedham was founded. In eight wars since that date, both large and small, the townspeople loyally sent their boys to help the old Bay State and later, the United States. Having sent them, the town stood behind them with whatever help and comfort was possible at the time.
In the early colonial wars against the French and Indians, Norwood boys marched away in rough shoes and bearing muskets and heavy packs through the wilds of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont to the Canadian border. If they lived, they later straggled home-sick, wounded, and exhausted-leaving bloody footprints in the snow—to be nursed back to health by those who sent them forth. There was no Red Cross in those days.
The Revolutionary War was a little better. The sick, wounded, or exhausted could more easily return to the farm to recover —or die. It was possible for the home folks to visit the boys in camp. But there was no Red Cross. The soldiers and sailors who won our freedom suffered terribly.
Nor did the Red Cross flag wave in the Civil War over sick and wounded Norwood men. Devoted Norwood women rolled bandages and scraped lint. They also sent boxes of food, clothing, shoes, pipes, tobacco, and books to their boys in blue. That giant of mercy, the Red Cross, was still unborn.
The 584 fighters who enlisted in World War I from Norwood will tell you what a blessing the Red Cross was to them. Norwood people remember how grandly the town then supported the Red Cross and how it became a crimson link of hope and comfort between them and the trenches of France or the ships on the Seven Seas. The men in service deeply respected and trusted this great international mercy organization. But they took it for granted—because they could not, of course, realize what previous wars had been without it.
Fathers! Mothers! Sweethearts! Wives! Sisters! Brothers! Friends!
DON’T TAKE THE RED CROSS FOR GRANTED
It, with the United Service Organizations, is making war a little less hellish. It is your one sure, abiding Lifeline between those men and women dear to you who are giving their lives to their country.
The least you can do is GIVE—AND GIVE, AND GIVE to the Red Cross. And see that others also give.
The time and the place for Norwood to again support its fighting men is TODAY in the Greater Boston United War Fund.
Don’t wait. ACT—for the glory and pride of old and new Norwood!
BACK THE RED CROSS!
For the health and comfort of Norwood men in service!
BACK THE USO!
For the recreation, good spirits, and morale for the Norwood men in service.