November 24, 1918 – Letter to Robert’s father:
November 24 is Fathers Day so I am going to write you a short note, just to let you know that I think about you on Fathers Day.
The war is now over, we; the Allies have been victorious. The boys of the A.E.F. have done what was expected of them and the people have backed them up at home with all the resources of our great nation. The men here, appreciate what you at home have done. Our allies have no cause to be disappointed in us.
The day we learned of our victory was indeed a happy one for us but I know that the day we sail for the good old U.S.A. will be even more joyful an event to us. I hope today finds you in your usual good health.
Let me assure you Dad today; that my aim in life as a father myself is to be as good and wise and kind a father to my boy as you have been to me.
Lovingly your son,
I have no idea why Robert is celebrating Father’s Day on November 24. It had been unofficially celebrated in the U.S. as early as 1908, and Woodrow Wilson had been a proponent, but I can’t find any reference to anyone observing the holiday in late November. Some countries in Europe do celebrate it on the second Sunday in November.
Where was Robert today? See the timeline.