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'J'HE war is over. To the millions of people throughout the world who have been awaiting the news it will seem, now that it has come, almost unreal. The war has gone on so long that it has become part of their lives. But it is true. The war is over, and it has ended in the manner in which we, in common with the mighty nations that have bcrne the brunt of the long struggle, resolved that it should end. It has ended with the capitulation, the unconditional surrender, of the enemy. First Italy, then Germany, now Japan. They wanted war; they have had it. This is a day for rejoicing in victory, and a day for thankfulness. Let us be thankful that the long struggle has ended in final and complete victory, that in the struggle New Zealand, as a member of the British Commonwealth, has played an honourable part, and that the human cost of playing her part has been, by comparison with the last great war, mercifully small. Thankfulness for this last should not allow us to forget that, for the next-of-kin of the fallen, the cost has been heavy. For them this is not a day of rejoicing, but of sad memories, tempered by thankfulness that their sacrifice has not been in vain. Finally, let us be thankful that in the supreme test of the quality of a " nation and of the men and women composing it, we were not found wanting. The necessities of the struggle imposed on us, and, far more, on our kin in the United Kingdom, a strain both longer and more severe than any known by us before. It was endured with a cheerful tenacity that accorded finely with the best traditions of the British peoples. We have reason to rejoice that the end has come, and that it has come with victory, for we have helped to earn the victory.

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LET US BE THANKFUL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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LET US BE THANKFUL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945