WILSON GIVES FLAG DAY ADDRESS
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 14, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson delivered an address at Flag Day ceremonies held at the foot of the Washington Monument here in the Nation's Capital.
The President said...
"This flag...is the emblem of our unity, our power (and) our thought and purpose as a nation. We are about to carry it into battle, to lift it where it will draw the ire of our enemies.
This is a peoples' war, a war for freedom and justice and self-government...a war to make the world safe...
We are ready to plead at the bar of history and our flag shall wear new luster. Once more we shall make good with our lives and fortunes the great faith two which we were born, and a new glory shall shine in the force of the people."
"Fight for Freedom of World People and Nations, President Wilson's Appeal to the United States", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 15, 1917.