Berkeley High School - Berkeley High School Yearbook (Berkeley, CA)

 - Class of 1917

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Service OUR COUNTY is at war with a powerful nation. The war was not of our seeking. It is said that we are in this war to make democracy safe for the world. That is our present intention and we will fight until this ideal is accomplished. But the immediate reason for entering this war was the outrageous conduct of Germany; her interference with our rights upon the high seas, involving the destruction of American life and property; her malicious efforts to create discord in our own country; and her absolute disregard of all the provisions of international law. In such an emergency every man, woman, and child who owes allegiance to this country must rise in support of its cause. When President Wilson addressed Congress on April 2, 1917, recom- mending a declaration of war against Germany, Berkeley High School immediately enlisted in war service. That was no sudden impulse, flaring up in one day and dying out in another. It was a deep-rooted, firm, con- viction based on a sense of justice and an abiding loyalty to our country. We cannot take places in the ranks of the soldiers but we can wage just as loyal a fight at home. We can contribute to every worthy cause con- nected with the war. V/e can express ourselves on proper occasions as true and loyal citizens supporting the Government which is responsible for the successful conduct of our affairs. This school has made a remarkable record in giving financial help to the amount of nearly two thousand dollars to the University Ambulance Corps, the French Orphans, to the Red Cross Society, to the Belgian Relief, to the Soldiers ' Library Fund, to the Y. M. C. A. War Fund, and to the Armenian and Syrian Relief. This is a worthy record in itself. Still it represents only a part of the real work that has been done. Money and labor both have been freely given in such services as making cases for freighting Red Cross material and garments for French Orphans. But the greatest good of all has come to us in the High School because we have truly adopted as our motto the principle of Service. This is the spirit which will not only make our school great but, when transferred into the life of the community, will help to make the nation great. Service is a great moral agent and the school which renders service will be a moral school. And when all of our schools are moral and have taken up the business of rendering public service, the chain will be complete — good schools, good communities, and a good nation. C. L. BIEDENBACH.

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