Our own liberty was won in struggle against tyranny. In two world wars and in Korea, brave Americans and their allies gave their lives that men might live and prosper in freedom.
We shall not forsake their sacrifice. We shall--because we must--persevere.
We are totally committed to defeat this aggression.
This nation has never left the field of battle in abject surrender of a cause for which it has fought.
Yet as we protect freedom by courage in arms, we shall every day continue the search for an honorable peace.
It is tragic that young lives must be sacrificed, that great sums must be spent for the instruments of war, when the work of peace awaits man’s accomplishment in every land. America today--as in past years--is prepared to join in that work with any nation whose devotion is to peace with its neighbors, and a better life for its people. Let the guns of aggression be silent, we say, that the sounds of the builders, of the planters, of the teachers, may be heard.
On this Memorial Day, as we honor the memory of brave men who have borne our colors in war, we pray to God for His mercy. We pray for the wisdom to find a way to end this struggle of nation against nation, of brother against brother. We pray that soon we may begin to build the only true memorial to man’s valor in war--a sane and hopeful environment for the generations to Come.
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