Friday, August 19, 2011

The U.S.O and Bob Hope's Legacy During Times Of American Crisis And War

Bob Hope was one of the major mainstay Hollywood actors entertaining and providing morale building diversion to armed service members as part of the United Service Organizations. His 199 USO appearances from 1941 through the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm made him a USO folklore symbol for which he received many rewards.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt provided the stage for the USO to come into being when he asked several volunteer organizations representing several religions, including the Salvation Army, to come together to help support the morale of United States troops serving in World War II. The USO had great success raising funds and providing entertainment centers overseas.

Today, the USO continues with 160 centers in 23 states and 10 countries. Citizens reflect the same spirit and regard which the USO shows troops by purchasing flags, flag t-shirts, and wearing patriotic caps. Bob Hope's effort was a humanitarian one. He created a legacy whereby he and the other actors, entertainers and men and women volunteered to help the troops. Flag shirts, flags and patriotic caps also serve to support the spirits of the troops. Flag t-shirts permit patriotic citizens to continue the humanitarian legacy of Bob Hope.

Keeping the moral of the troops positive and forward-moving is an important duty for all citizens. Troops must know that citizens understand the extremes sacrifices they make. This is what the USO does. It continues to boost morale with entertainment and services given to U.S. troops all over the world.

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