Memorial Day and the Origins of Uncle Sam
When most of us think of Uncle Sam, we think of J.M. Flagg's "I Want You" poster. It was used extensively to rally the nation behind the war effort and to recruit soldiers. Over four million copies were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the U.S. entered World War I and began sending troops and material into war zones. It was so effective that President Roosevelt used it again for World War II.
As a national personification of our government, Uncle Sam came into existence just after the War of 1812. Supposedly, the name Sam came from Samuel Wilson, a Boston meatpacker who supplied rations for our troops. Wilson stamped his first name on each shipment he sent. The troops considered it a package sent from our government courtesy of Uncle Sam.
In 1989, Congress designated September 13, Samuel Wilson's birthday, as "Uncle Sam Day".
Have a fun weekend but please remember to remember our troops!