Messersmith, G.S. Remarks at American Colony dinner in Mexico City.
University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press
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.