Messersmith, G.S. Remarks at American Colony dinner in Mexico City.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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When on July 4, 1776 the 13 colonies declared their independence, independence was still to be won; years of struggle lay before them before they achieved the freedom for which they were fighting; years which followed victory were glorious record of achievement of independence, one by one by other American republics; in meantime Americans devoted themselves to development of their cultures, utilization of their resources, and improving standard of living of their people; little thinking their freedoms so hardly won would again be threatened and they should have to engage in a bloody stuggle to conserve them, but it happened in 1914 and the "war to end wars" ended in victory in 1918; lust for power had not been exterminated and once again world is plunged into war; once victory is achieved, democratic people must see to it that never again can there be such a condition under which ambition for power can envelop the world in war; celebration today of Independence of U.S. is symbolic celebration of independence of free peoples everywhere and their determination that freedom shall not perish.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.