Reported in the News Letter on May 9, 1945: Keep working towards victory in the East, President Truman tells US

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President Truman, in his broadcast yesterday, said: “This is a solemn but glorious hour. My only wish is that Franklin D Roosevelt had lived to witness this day.

“We join in offering our thanks to the Providence which has guided and sustained us through the dark days of our adversity.

“Our rejoicing is sober, and subdued by the supreme consciousness of the terrible price we have paid to rid the world of Hitler and his evil band.

“We can repay the debt which we owe to our God, to our dead and to our children only by work, by ceaseless devotion to the responsibilities which lie ahead of us. If I could give you a single watchword for the coming months that word is – ‘Work, work, work’.

“The West is free, but the East is still in bondage to the treacherous tyranny of the Japanese. The job ahead is no less important, no less urgent, no less difficult, than the task which now is happily done. I call upon every American to stick to his post until the last battle is won.

“Until that day let no man abandon his post or slacken his efforts.”