I HOW WAR WAS WON NEED FOR FUTURE UNITY P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. "Now that the announcement of Japan's surrender has the authority of truth, we meet together to celebrate, in humble thanksgiving, the end of war throughout the world," said the Governor-General, Sir Cyril Newall, in speaking at the national celebration. "Let us never forget that we, the British Empire, together with all our Allies, faced extermination or, at best, conquest by ruthless nations who were determined to impose their will upon all our free peoples by force.
"Victory has been won at last. We have won by a team spirit both within the Empire, and together with our great Allies; by the endurance and fortitude of the men and women of the fighting services and merchant navies—to all of whom we owe undying gratitude; we have won by the united labour of all our peoples, making the fullest use of our industrial technical and scientific resources, and by the courage and vision of our leaders. World Freed From Aggression "Despite bombs, rockets and human destruction, weary and battered, we have never lost hope, nor wavered in our conviction that we were right to resist the arrogant assaults of those who would destroy our civilised way of life,..and. who would ignominiously enslave us. To-day, therefore, with thanksgiving and full hearts, we rejoice everywhere in the final defeat of the Japanese enemy, and in the happy knowledge that the world is freed from evil aggression. Six years of bitter conflict have left a black trail of suffering. The world shortage of food is acute.
"Throughout the war New Zealand's contributon to victory had been both generous and outstanding, and I feel New Zealand will surely contribute magnificently in the cause of humanity. We have learned what can be achieved by unity of purpose and common endeavour in defeating evil. Let us go forward in a spirit of unity and tolerance to make ourselves, our homes, our nation and world worthy of those who have died in order to save us. and to preserve our civilisation. 'In thought and faith, in word and wisdom, in deed and courage, in life and service.' May God bless New Zealand."
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TEAM SPIRIT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
TEAM SPIRIT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
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