December 7, 1941: America, we love you
The following is a reprint of a front-page editorial from the Dec. 7, 1941 "War Extra" edition of the Fall River Herald News:
America, We Love You
War with Japan, that terrible prospect which three generations of Americans have discussed, is here. American soldiers have been killed, our island possessions have been assaulted. It is the most unbelievable happening in American history, but it is true. It is a fact.
There can be but one answer. America will respond, from every home, from every factory, in every way. Now the world really will see what a peace-loving democracy, strong and fearless, can do. There will be no further complaint that America is not united. All of us, individually and collectively, will emulate the heroes of history, from Bunker Hill to Santiago to Belleau Woods, and those who supported them on the home front.
Each of us now will ask himself and herself - "What can I do to defend America?" The answer will be he most gigantic, most Herculean, most powerful effort of any people in all time.
America will march and sail and fly and work and serve America as no generation ever has before. President Roosevelt once said we have a meeting with destiny. We are ready, fearless, patriotic, ready to perform our duty.
The following is a reprint of a front-page editorial from the Dec. 8, 1941 edition of the Taunton Daily Gazette:
Now, Work To-Gether!
For twenty years this paper has been warning against a clash with the Japanese. Now it has come and the treacherous tribe has struck without warning. American territory has been assailed, American lives taken and American property destroyed and damaged. War has been declared by Japan and before this issue is printed it is likely that war against Japan will be declared by this country.
Now is the time for us all to stand together in every particular for the common defense of our beloved country. There can be no class distinctions; there can be no political differences. There can be but the spirit of unity, of self sacrifice, of working under leadership.
We may be thankful that defense work has progressed as far as it has. The resources, the skilled workmanship, the inventive genius, the qualities of leadership in production in our nation are great. We must correlate and use them all.
In defense of our homes, our lives, our liberties we must give every effort to crushing the assassins at our doors.
Real, vital patriotism is needed. It will not be lacking. We will survive and will not be ashamed.