TR SAYS MEN PASSED OVER IN THE DRAFT HAVE DUTY TO OFFER SERVICE
New York (JFK+50) One hundred years ago this evening, June 7, 1917, former United States President Theodore Roosevelt stated that just because a man was "passed over" in the draft he should not stop "persistently offering his services to his country in whatever way" that would be useful.
Colonel Roosevelt said...
"Service under the draft merely represents minimum duty. Many men, of no special aptitude, will not be able to render service unless they are drafted. Therefore, the drafted man who does his duty stands on a full level of honor with the man who volunteers."
The former POTUS went on to say, however, that men who are not drafted should not be considered at the same standing unless they "eagerly and persistently seek the opportunity to volunteer."
Mr. Roosevelt concluded with these words...
"The man who does not heartily do his full duty by the nation in this crisis is not fit to be a citizen."
"Duty Calls, Even If Not Drafted, Roosevelt Says", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 8, 1917.