Addresses upon the American Road: 1940-1941

Addresses upon the American Road: 1940-1941

Addresses upon the American Road: 1940-1941

Addresses upon the American Road: 1940-1941

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Dedication on May 18, 1940

WE ARE not gathered here to a celebration. We come with heavy hearts. This exhibition is dedicated today as a mute appeal of the worthiness of the Belgian people, their contribution to advancement of industry, to human culture; their service to human progress, and their right to live as a free people. Again they are drawn into the vortex of war through no fault of their own.

There is no eloquence in our language that can express our indignation and our pity. Rather must we turn ourselves now to seek measures by which we can alleviate their hideous sufferings, by which we can again preserve the lives of a heroic people against the day when this agony of civilization shall have passed. It is to that task that we must dedicate ourselves. But our hearts are too full for words. We have come to express our sympathy and our confidence.

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