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07/06/2010 11:17 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Victory Apron Still a Patriotic Icon

In its 69th year, the USO continues its mission to deliver a touch of home to those serving in the military in a faraway place.

Organized in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a "Home Away from Home" for U.S. troops, the United Service Organizations (USO) is a non-governmental organization still run by civilian volunteers.

Throughout World War II, USO centers in over 3,000 communities provided the military with offerings as diverse as child care for military wives to a quiet place for talking, writing letters or receiving religious counsel to an off-duty place for dancing and socializing. And on hand to greet, comfort and serve a cup of free coffee, sandwiches and doughnuts, were the young women and ladies in their victory aprons.

As the icon of America's mothers, the apron symbolized the comfort and security of the home, with the red, white and blue Victory Apron a reminder of motherhood and the American home as patriotic symbols worth fighting for.

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Printed and copyrighted in 1943 by McCall Corporation, the Victory Apron pattern was one size and cost twenty-five cents.

What would today be described as a beginner sewing project, the Victory Apron and its pocket variations could be easily sewn, either entirely by hand or machine stitched.

For sixty nine years, where America's men and women in the military have gone, the USO has gone.

Today's USO continues this tradition at more than 120 USO centers worldwide, in order to fulfill its mission to U.S. military personnel and their families "Until Every One Comes Home." The Victory Apron is a reminder of that mission.

To leave a message for our military and for more information on this decades old, volunteer organization, visit http://www.uso.org