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Saturday August 23rd, 1941

 "V" For Victory

   Is there a lesson to be learned by the "V" campaign which has today grown into world-wide recognition?
   The "V" for victory symbolizes a slogan recently born of a burning desire for liberty and freedom. It originated in Czechoslovakia from the Czechs word vitezstvi meaning victory.
   What at first [sight], might have been considered a childish prank, inscribing the "V" on walls, streets and public buildings, soon spread to Belgium, France, and other countries, clearly demonstrating that even though overrun by dictators and being under severe coercion, the populace of the down-trodden nations is yet morally alive and unconquered.
   The British Broadcasting Corporation picked up the V-for victory campaign by "V" inscriptions, radio and telegraph code sending the three dots and dash all ever the world. Today, the United States has joined with all democracies in "V"-for-victory the extermination of aggressors, and in the ultimate end, hopes for the rebirth of freedom for all.
   Though at times the decisions of our statesmen are contrary to our views and opinion, in a crisis such as is now engulfing the world, let's remember to criticise justly taking into consideration that our red, white, and blue colors can still fly high and undisturbed.
   The very recent moment us meeting between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill reassures us of the necessity of a democratic government and that dictatorship "must go" and remain only as the spoils of war.
   Those who find reason to complain of the extra burden as a result of growth in our national defense should re-consider their complaints and think of the many American boys who are now in the service and who are actually the ones making the biggest sacrifices. We owe them that assurance of help from within.
   As "V" stands for victory, it can also stand for "Valor," a symbolism of true American courage and bravery. --- Gerald Guillot

[The Assumption Pioneer, Napoleonville, LA, 23 Aug 1941, Sat, Page 2]

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