FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S ARMISTICE DAY ADDRESS. Veteran's Day used to be called Armistice Day. This is the text of a speech that President FDR gave in 1941 honoring Americ'a War dead. America would be attacked by Japan the very next month.
Hat tip to Miland Brown at the World History Blog.
From the site:
Among the great days of national remembrance, none is more deeply moving to Americans of our generation than the Eleventh of November, the Anniversary of the Armistice of 1918, the day sacred to the memory of those who gave their lives in the war which that day ended.
Our observance of this Anniversary has a particular significance in the year 1941.
For we are able today as we were not always able in the past to measure our indebtedness to those who died.
A few years ago, even a few months, we questioned, some of us, the sacrifice they had made.
Standing near to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Sergeant York of Tennessee, on a recent day spoke to such questioners. "There are those in this country today," said Sergeant York, "who ask me and other veterans of World War Number One, 'What did it get you?'"
Today we know the answer-all of us. All who search their hearts in honesty and candor know it.
We know that these men died to save their country from a terrible danger of that day. We know, because we face that danger once again on this day.