N.Z.'S WAR EFFORT ME. ATTLEE'S PRAISE P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. He had received a message from the Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. Attlee, which said in a much better way what he himself had intended to say concerning what was in New Zealanders' hearts, said the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, in speaking at the national ceremony to mark the surrender of the Japanese. He read the message, which was as follows:
"Victory in Europe has been speedily followed by the surrender of the last of our foes. On behalf of the Government and people of this country, I send this message of congratulation to our kinsfolk in New Zealand. Our hearts have gone out to the people of the Dominion in the anxieties which have so long beset them, and to-day we join with them in rejoicing and thanksgiving for victory. Admiration of World "New Zealand was with us from the moment when, nearly six yedrs ago, war was loosed upon the world, and in many widely separated theatres of war her sons have added lustre to her name. Their feats of arms, whether on distant seas or on the European and African continents, or in air warfare, are the admiration of the world and worthily compare with those of the earlier generation when, in the furnace of conflict, New Zealand proved her title to nationhood. We hail also the work of all those who, in the field or workshop, have contributed to the material resources, without which the human effort would be powerless to conquer.
"Through the long years of toil, New Zealand has never failed to provide of her best in all that lay within her power. We are now called on to finish the work so well begun; to build a new world from which the scourge of war and fear of aggression have been removed, to repair the devastation which these years have brought in their train, and to open up the prospect of hope to all those who still sit in darkness. In all these efforts we know that we can count on the willing partnership and unfailing help of New Zealand. From all our hearts we thank you." "Never Set a Foot Wrong" Mr. Fraser said he could add little to Mr. Attlee's appreciation of New Zealand's war effort, which ranked with Mr. Churchill's oft-repeated sentence that New Zealand had never set a foot wrong in this war. These two men. who had been comrades in the British War Cabinet, had joined in their praises of New Zealand's war achievements.
Mr. Fraser's references to Mr. Churchill were twice interrupted by loud applause, as was his mention of the late President Roosevelt, whom he described as a great war leader co-equal with Mi\ Churchill. New Zealand's war effort, said Mr. Fraser, had been praised not only in the Mother Country, but in every country where men and women drew the breath of freedom. We had fought the good fight and kept the faith — faith in the four freedoms for which we had fought; we had now to see that the dead had not died in vain, and that the four freedoms were maintained in the world of the future.
Mr. Fraser referred to the way in which the highest in the realm had assisted in the war effort with the people, how Their Majesties had gone out into blitzed London and won honour and the love of all their people by sharing the same dangers with them. To-day they were all sorry the job had had to be done, but it had been inevitable. They were sorry death had come into many homes, sorry for the wounded, sorry that men had had to endure such hardships in the cause of freedom, but they had endured nobly and it was now our job to see that what they had done and sacrificed I was not wasted? I
Admiration For Forces The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Holland, extended to the Prime Minister, on behalf of the people of New Zealand, thanks for the way in which he had led the country during the Avar, and for the way in which he had organised the war effort, of which all could feel justly proud. All hearts were filled with admiration for the servicemen and mfrses all over the world who, by their sacrifices, had made this great day possible. As one who had seen some of the results of the methods the aggressors had tried to impose on the world, his heart was fuller than ever with gratitude to those who had made victory possible.
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NEVER FAILED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
NEVER FAILED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
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