This is the cover of Life magazine from Feb. 14, 1944, barely more than two years after Carole Lombard had left us. The photo is of a sailor, presumably on leave in Los Angeles, in front of the "wall of fame" at the Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/112620.html). And right in front of him is the oversized cement "autograph" Lombard had signed in the late 1930s.
We don't know whether this sailor had been a fan of Carole's...but he certainly was aware of how she died, in an airplane accident on her way home from the first large-scale war bond rally. So that added a bit of poignancy to this star-struck scene.
On this solemn day, think about those who sacrificed their lives for the American dream, and still do today.