A MESSAGE FROM
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
To the People of Greater New York:
To-day the United War Work Campaign be?
gins. It starts at a supreme moment in human
Victory is in the air!
The triumph of all we have been hoping for
and all that our boys have been fighting and dying
for, may be finally achieved this very day,
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Think what all this will mean to the soldiers
of our Allies.
Their home folks will surely "take the lid off"
when their boys come home. Street lights,
dimmed now for several years in a thousand cities
and towns, to avoid giving direction to enemy air
raids, will shine out as never before. Window
shades ordered by law to be down at night in
millions of homes in France and England, will
The boys of France and Italy can get home
immediately. They will march through Paris and
Rome to the sound of a nation's cheers. Nothing
will be good enough for them; and oh! what it
will mean to them to jb? there among those they
And the Tommies! What a time they will
have hurrying to the first boat, and, only a few
hours later, jumping off at railroad stations and
swinging through the streets of their home towns,
while bands play and all England shouts its
Even the Tommies who must stay in France
awaiting their turn to go home will get the home
papers next morning. Mails next day will be full
of letters packed with love and joy. Every Tommy
will immediately hear and feel the sense of Eng?
land's happiness and pride.
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One day our boys will come home. It will be
the biggest day New York has ever seen. But
that day is not yet; 3,000 miles of ocean lie
A few of the boys can return immediately;
but hundreds of thousands of them must stay
behind?and wait. It will seem a very long time
both to them and to us. X
What wouldn't we have given ? what
wouldn't they have given?if they could have
been here last Thursday and seen that marvellous
celebration. It was premature, to be sure, but the
public instinct was sound. The people knew they
weren't celebrating a fake; they were celebrating
a victory they knew had been won.
And if our own boys could come swinging
down the Avenue, those boys who have slept in
the mud, who have endured every discomfort, who
have faced death in every form?what wouldn't
we want to do for them!
No one would count the dollars then; not one
of us would stint in his giving.
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There is only one real way we can celebrate
this victory in a manner which can tangibly ex?
press our feelings toward those in the service of
Our Country either abroad or in camps in the
The United War Work Campaign gives us
this opportunity. Through giving to it we can
show our boys the feeling which is in our hearts,
and send them our message of gratitude, not at
some future time when they return?but now.
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The sum of at least $170,500,000 is to be raised
for our soldiers and sailors, to add to their comfort
and happiness, to help them in their temptations
and difficulties, during the period which must
elapse until they are safe home again.
The purpose for which this money is to be
used, and the methods whereby it is to be spent
have been approved by the Government. The
President of the United States has requested that
in this campaign a united effort be made by the
Y. M. C. A., the Y. W. C. A., the National Catholic
War Council, the Jewish Welfare Board, the Sal?
vation Army, the War Camp Community Service
and the American Library Association.
Surely one other thought is in our minds at
this vital moment; that is, of gratitude that the
victory has been won so much sooner than many
How anxious we were as these splendid fel?
lows went out from our homes; how thankful we
feel now that so many of them will come back
again safe and sound.
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Let us, then, make the United War Work
Campaign both a thank offering and a celebration
Let the cables carry a message to the men
over there of what tve have done to warm their
huts and warm their hearts against the cold and
the loneliness of this coming winter.
Let our message be expressed not alone in the
amount contributed, but in the number of those
Let us in New York join the whole American
people, and in this hour of victory, by our act of
We are proud of, and we stand
back of, every man serving in
the uniform of Our Country,
Chairman, Greater New York Committee,
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