Centennial-Liberty Loan Celebration

Centennial-Liberty Loan Celebration

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Excerpt from Centennial-Liberty Loan Celebration: 1818 Illinois 1918, Under the Auspices of the Illinois Centennial Committee of Chicago of the State Council of Defence

The Fourth Liberty Loan opens on Saturday, the 28th of September.

I urge that our people give proper recognition to the day; that they fly flags from their residences and their places of business and in every other way show their hearty participation in this important event.

When our boys first appeared on the battle front our first feeling was of pride, and then we asked ourselves what we could do to show our appreciation.

Since then, as they have appeared in ever-increasing number in the lines of battle, our pride and our gratitude have increased.

Many thousands of them have already given their lives that we may continue to enjoy the blessings of free government and of civilisation. Many thousands of others are lying wounded in hospitals. Not so many - thank God! - are in prison camps. As we read of our soldiers' exploits we ask, again and again, what we can do to prove ourselves worthy of them.

As I write, more than a million and a half of Americans in uniform are "Somewhere in France," as willing to give their all, as their comrades who have already fallen upon the battlefield. And now, our opportunity has come to show that we appreciate, even if Fortune does not permit us to imitate, these heroes, living and dead. Words, even emotions, do not really count at a time like this; but only deeds. If we are grateful to our soldiers in the field, we will show it by subscribing to the new issue of Liberty Bonds. If we appreciate what they do, and are, we shall subscribe to more Liberty Bonds. If we would match, so far as we may, their deeds upon a score of battlefields they have made immortal, we shall subscribe to still more Liberty Bonds. Now is your opportunity!

We would have been content if, for the present, our Allies and our soldiers had simply held their lines. Instead, they have swept forward, mile upon mile.

Our soldiers in the field have oversubscribed and overpaid Their undertaking!

Shall we now fail to oversubscribe Ours?

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of State at the Capitol in Springfield, this twenty-sixth day of September, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States, the One Hundred and Forty-third.

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