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King George Broadcasts

N.Z.P.A. —Copyright.—Rec. noon

LONDON, August IS. The King, in a broadcast, called on his peoples everyjf/here to offer thanks that the war had ended throughout the world. "Three months have passed since I asked you to join with me in the act of thanksgiving for the defeat of Germany," His Majesty said. "We then rejoiced, but a strong and relentless enemy still remained in Asia. None could then tell how long or heavy would prove the struggle that still awaited us. To-day Japan has surrendered, so let us join in thanking Almighty God that the war has ended throughout the world, that in every country men may now turn to industry, skill and science, to repairing the frightful devastation and to building prosperity and happiness. "Our sense of deliverance is overpowering, and with it all we have the right to feel that we have done our duty. I ask you again in this solemn hour to remember all who have laid down their lives; all who have endured the loss of those they loved. Remember, too, the sufferings of those who fell into the enemy's hands. They have been in our thoughts throughout these dark years. "Let us pray that one of the results of beating Japan may be many happy reunions of those who have long been separated from each other."

Continuing, His Majesty said: "The campaigns in the Far East will be famous in history for many reasons. There is one feature of them which is a special source of pride to me, also to you as citizens of our British Commonwealth, to whom I speak. In those campaigns there fought side by side with our Allies representatives of almost every unit in our great community—men from the Old Country, men from the Dominions and India and from the colonies. They fought in brotherhood; through their courage and endurance they conquered. To all of them, and the women who shared with them the hardships and dangers of war, I send my proud and grateful thanks.

throughout the Empire that the peace gained amid measureless hazards and suffering shall not be 'cast away. In many anxious times in our long history our peoples' unconquerable spirit has served us well, bringing us to safety from great peril. I doubt if anything in all that has gone before has matched the enduring courage and quiet determination which you. during the last six years, have shown. Unconquerable Spirit "I would speak to you to-night of this unconquerable spirit because, great as these deeds are that you have done, there must be no falling away from this high endeavour. We have spent freely of all we have. Now we shall have to labour hard to restore what has been lost and to establish peace on an unshakeable foundation, not alone of material strength but also of moral authority.

"Then, indeed, the curse of war may be lifted from the world, and states and peoples, great and small, may dwell together throughout long periods of tranquility in brighter and better days than we ourselves have known.

"The war is over. You know, I think, that those four words have for the Queen and myself the same simple, yet immense significance that they have for you. Our hearts are full to overflowing, as are your own. Yet there is not one of us who has experienced this terrible war who does not realise that we shall feel its inevitable consequences long after we have forgotten to-day's rejoicings.

"Relief from past dangers must not blind us to the future's demands. The British people here at home have added lustre to the true fame of our islands, and we stand to-day with the whole Empire in the forefront of the victorious United Nations.

"Our responsibility, therefore, is great to ensure by the actions of every man and woman here and

"The world has come to look for certain things, for certain qualities, from peoples of the Commonwealth and Empire. We have our part to play in restoring the shattered fabric of civilisation. It is a proud if difficult part, and if you carry on in the years to come as you have done so splendidly during the war, you and your children can look forward to a future not with fear, but with high hopes of surer happiness for all. It is to this great task I now call you. I know I shall not call in vain.

"Meantime, from the bottom of my heart I thank all my peoples for what they have achieved not only for themselves, but for mankind."

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EMPIRE FOUGHT AS ONE BROTHERHOOD, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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EMPIRE FOUGHT AS ONE BROTHERHOOD Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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